Evan Sernoffsky
September 1, 2015


Kathleen Reese-Brooks feared her husband, 53-year-old Ralph Brooks, might be infected, since he was at San Quentin State Prison where an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has occurred.

There were six confirmed cases of inmates infected with the severe bacterial pneumonia and 85 other prisoners who were showing symptoms since the first case was discovered.

Portable showers, plumbed toilets, and bottled water was available, though hot meals and activities were suspended.

Don Specter, director of the Prison Law Office, toured the entire facility and spoke with the warden about their recovery plan.

“For the most part, things are being handled appropriately,” Specter said. “Now that they are getting out of crises mode, they have some work to do. The first priority is to make sure prisoners don’t get sick because [Legionnaires’ disease] can be fatal in some cases.”

“We talked to scores of prisoners,” he said. “It’s not too bad, but if it last much longer it could be bad. Prisoners are getting tired of the same peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every meal.”

Wife of San Quentin inmate worries of Legionnaires’ outbreak
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Prison Law Office
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