Monday, August 10, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 23

Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

People incarcerated at the Lompoc penitentiary speak out about how they were treated during one of the largest COVID-19 prison outbreaks in the nation

Editor’s note: This is the second part in a two-part series examining pandemic response in the federal prison at Lompoc. The first part (“Constitutionally confined?” July 30) covered a class-action lawsuit that pushed for more inmates to be released to home confinement.  A class-action lawsuit filed against the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex achieved a recent victory on July 14 when the court ordered the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to consider home confinement for individuals incarcerated at Lompoc that a... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


COVID-19 response requires focus on safety, equity across all school reopening plans

The long-awaited answer about what schools will look like in the fall was delivered on July 17 when Gov. Newsom announced all public and private schools in counties on the state’s monitoring list, which includes Santa Barbara County, must open via distance learning. This includes all public, private, and charter schools serving students from transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. Preschools may continue to se... [ Read More ]

Weekly Poll
What do you think of the Lompoc prison facilities' ways of mitigating the spread of COVID-19?

Definitely cruel and unusual—more people should have received home confinement.
It was certainly inhumane; inmates couldn't even shower for almost two weeks.
It was not great but was typical of our current institutions.
I think it was adequate given the situation.

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