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January 29, 1987 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Toni Ann Gardiner, 42, and Ed Eames, 56, a blind couple from New York, journeyed by airplane and bus from their homes to this small town this week to visit with a dozen of their friends--murderers, robbers, rapists and embezzlers. Their friends are inmates at the California Medical Facility State Prison at Vacaville and participants in a program that makes tape recordings of books for the blind. "These prisoners are doing so much for the unseeing population.
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December 6, 1992 | Associated Press
About 75 people participated in an AIDS protest Saturday outside the California Department of Corrections prison hospital. The protesters chanted, marched and held a "die-in" at the main gate to protest the department's policy toward inmates with AIDS or the human immunodeficiency virus. "Prisoners die, they do nothing," members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power chanted while Vacaville police and corrections officers watched.
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September 30, 1987
State officials, running out of room at the only California prison that houses inmates with AIDS, say they are considering the California Institution for Men at Chino as a second site. All inmates who have acquired immune deficiency syndrome or test positive as carriers of the AIDS virus are currently confined to the state Medical Facility in Vacaville.
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July 6, 1991 | DAN MORAIN and JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State prison officials probed for answers Friday to the heat-related deaths of three mentally ill inmates, and at the same time opened the crowded and sweltering California Medical Facility to reporters. "This is a big place, very complex," said Warden Eddie Ylst. "But there is nothing to hide." Officials say they do not know what killed the three inmates on Wednesday morning. They all were using mind-altering drugs known to raise body temperatures.
NEWS
July 6, 1989
A Humane Society official in San Rafael said staff members at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville are suspected in the mutilation deaths of seven kittens adopted as pets by prison inmates. Pat Miller, director of operations for the society's Marin County branch, said the cats were killed in the prison's workshop after 3 p.m.--the end of the shift. Only prison staff members would be in the area after the workshop closed, Miller said.
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December 6, 1992 | Associated Press
About 75 people participated in an AIDS protest Saturday outside the California Department of Corrections prison hospital. The protesters chanted, marched and held a "die-in" at the main gate to protest the department's policy toward inmates with AIDS or the human immunodeficiency virus. "Prisoners die, they do nothing," members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power chanted while Vacaville police and corrections officers watched.
NEWS
July 5, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The heat-caused deaths of three inmates in Vacaville state prison's psychiatric ward came just a week after prisoner rights groups filed a lawsuit attacking "medieval" care for mentally ill inmates. "What's going on is the prison system is degenerating into what can be described as a medieval mental asylum situation," Donald Spector, director of the Prison Law Office, had told reporters last week in announcing the federal court lawsuit.
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July 6, 1991 | DAN MORAIN and JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State prison officials probed for answers Friday to the heat-related deaths of three mentally ill inmates, and at the same time opened the crowded and sweltering California Medical Facility to reporters. "This is a big place, very complex," said Warden Eddie Ylst. "But there is nothing to hide." Officials say they do not know what killed the three inmates on Wednesday morning. They all were using mind-altering drugs known to raise body temperatures.
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Prisoner rights attorneys alleged in a civil suit Wednesday that inmates housed in the AIDS ward at the state medical prison at Vacaville are treated like "lepers" in inhumane conditions that further endanger their lives.
NEWS
July 5, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The heat-caused deaths of three inmates in Vacaville state prison's psychiatric ward came just a week after prisoner rights groups filed a lawsuit attacking "medieval" care for mentally ill inmates. "What's going on is the prison system is degenerating into what can be described as a medieval mental asylum situation," Donald Spector, director of the Prison Law Office, had told reporters last week in announcing the federal court lawsuit.
NEWS
July 6, 1989
A Humane Society official in San Rafael said staff members at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville are suspected in the mutilation deaths of seven kittens adopted as pets by prison inmates. Pat Miller, director of operations for the society's Marin County branch, said the cats were killed in the prison's workshop after 3 p.m.--the end of the shift. Only prison staff members would be in the area after the workshop closed, Miller said.
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Prisoner rights attorneys alleged in a civil suit Wednesday that inmates housed in the AIDS ward at the state medical prison at Vacaville are treated like "lepers" in inhumane conditions that further endanger their lives.
NEWS
September 30, 1987
State officials, running out of room at the only California prison that houses inmates with AIDS, say they are considering the California Institution for Men at Chino as a second site. All inmates who have acquired immune deficiency syndrome or test positive as carriers of the AIDS virus are currently confined to the state Medical Facility in Vacaville.
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January 29, 1987 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Toni Ann Gardiner, 42, and Ed Eames, 56, a blind couple from New York, journeyed by airplane and bus from their homes to this small town this week to visit with a dozen of their friends--murderers, robbers, rapists and embezzlers. Their friends are inmates at the California Medical Facility State Prison at Vacaville and participants in a program that makes tape recordings of books for the blind. "These prisoners are doing so much for the unseeing population.
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