COVID-19, Inside CDCR Video, Prison Health Care

In this together: Insights, best practices for masks

Incarcerated people serving on the Inmate Advisory Councils at CDCR prisons come together to share their reasons for wearing masks.

The California Prison Industry Authority supplied five reusable cloth barrier masks to each member of the incarcerated population, and three per staff member. Staff working or performing duties on institutional grounds are required to wear a facial barrier at a minimum.

In addition, maintaining physical distancing requirements when moving about the institution for routine tasks is still recommended.

Incarcerated people are required to wear their masks in any situation requiring:

  • movement outside of their cell or while in a dorm setting
  • during interactions with other members of the incarcerated population such as yard time and canteen services
  • when moving to or from health care appointments or medication administration areas.

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Incarcerated people wear face coverings during pandemic.
Participants in the Pawz Behind Wallz dog-training program at California Institution for Men demonstrate proper mask wearing and physical distancing along with their service dogs in training.

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