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Attorney General Becerra asks CA Supreme Court to intervene over criminal charges for pregnancy loss; Plus: What are the impacts of Trump withholding CA healthcare funding over abortion? And, stories from inside the state’s prison pandemic

0:08 – A class-action lawsuit alleges ICE is violating the constitutional rights of immigrant detainees in Mesa Verde and Yuba County Jail by exposing them to COVID – it’s called Zepeda-Rivas. A recent ruling in the case said ICE and GEO Group were “totally unprepared” for a severe COVID outbreak at Mesa Verde this summer. KPFA’s Karin Argoud reports.

0:12 – Breaking over the weekend – Yuba County Jail is now experiencing a Covid-19 outbreak.

Emilou Maclean is deputy public defender with the immigration unit of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office (@sfdefender), and joins us to talk about mass immigrant detention and conditions inside Yuba County Jail and Mesa Verde.

0:34 – COVID updates and listener calls

John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

1:08 – California’s history of hospital closures and mergers has major impact on today’s pandemic

Elizabeth Zach is a freelance journalist and former USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism fellow, where she reported on rural communities, healthcare, and hospital closures.

1:20 – Trump withholding $200m of healthcare funding over abortion

Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Hegemommy) is Executive Editor at Rewire News Group and the co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered.

1:34 – CA Supreme Court set to rule on women facing murder for stillbirth

Lynn Paltrow (@LynnPaltrow) is the founder and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

1:50 – COVID-19 inside California state prisons is surging, and in our current series we feature the voices of family members and loved ones of people who are incarcerated inside these institutions – all of which have active COVID cases.

A couple weeks ago, we spoke with Michelle Hoyt, whose partner Lyle Crook is incarcerated inside the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF) and State Prison at Corcoran. Since that conversation, Lyle has since been infected with COVID-19. Our features reporter Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang) followed up with Michelle, talking about her partner Lyle.

Lyle’s family have started a petition to overturn the rescinding of Lyle’s parole: https://www.change.org/Freelylecrook
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