Hamed Aleaziz, Victoria Colliver
August 28, 2015

An inmate at San Quentin State Prison tested positive for the potentially deadly illness. Officials cut off the water and are tracking down the source of the outbreak. They are bringing in bottled water and tankers, as well as portable bathrooms.

Don Specter, director of the Prison Law Office, said his organization was monitoring the situation. The prison health system is in federal receivership as a result of a 2001 lawsuit over inadequate health care, which was part of scrutiny from the Supreme Court resulting in mandated population reduction.

“We are glad that the prison officials, the receiver’s office and Marin County Public Health are taking quick and decisive action,” Specter said.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Prison Law Office
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