COVID-19 Inside Prison

I think this is literally the scariest thing Sean and I have ever faced together. Especially with articles like this: 

Two Prison Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 CDCR says

CNN: New Corona Virus Cases in Jails Heightens Concerns About an Unprepared System

ABC News: Fearing Outbreaks and Riots, Nation’s Prison and Jail Wardens Scramble to Respond to Corona Virus Threat

New York Times: An Epicenter of the Pandemic Will Be Jails and Prisons if Inaction Continues

Marshall Project: Families of the Incarcerated Fear the Worst as Coronavirus Spreads

The Marshall Project: Photos Show Some Prison Beds are only 3 Feet Apart

VICE NEWS: California Prison, life on the inside 

When Mass Incarceration becomes Mass Murder

I think every one of us with loved ones in custody are in a state of real alarm and concern for the health and safety of our loved ones who have absolutely no control over their own environent and surroundings. While CDCR states that they are doing everything they can to take precautions, it is hard to believe when they have proven they do not have anyone’s best interest in mind but their own. The conditions in California’s overcrowded unsanitary prisons is a recipe for disaster.

Sean says he is doing his best to stay away from others, wash his hands diligently, wear a cloth over his face when he is outside his cell, and to keep his surroundings sanitized. He says the prison yard he is on has modified it’s program to reduce outside exposure and limit the number of inmates in any area at a given time.

Between every dayroom session the porters are cleaning and sanitizing everything and they’ve established a quarantine location for guys who show symptoms. They have reduced the amount of people going out to dayroom and yard to a quarter of the usual amount to promote social distancing. It’s terrible because as the MAC Chairman everyone is running to me with every kind of question imaginable wanting me to fix it, but of course I can’t. It’s hard because I don’t know when I will get to see my wife again. I have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring because everything is changing day by day, hour by hour. It’s been incredibly hard to even get phone calls to call my wife. I feel defeated to be stuck in here with no end in sight. We are already facing such a hard situation from having no ruling on my case for over 3 years but then to have COVID-19 crisis on top of that it’s completely overwhelming. Yesterday at the end of afternoon dayroom I went back to my cell and collapsed on my bunk because I felt exhausted from dealing with everything. I had my package to put away and instead I set it on the ground and laid there for 20 mins. Right now I feel safe but I know that at any moment that feeling of safety can disappear because if it gets bad enough the officers could abandon us. I have food set aside just in case they don’t feed us for a few days… and like 4 bags of cough drops.” -Sean 3/29/2020

We are both working diligently night and day to bring Sean home, despite not having a ruling yet from his Evidentiary Hearing in 2017.  Thank you to our friends and supporters, our hearts are with you. 

About Sean & Eiam

Sean O'Brien was wrongfully convicted in adult court in El Dorado County, California and sentenced to Life Without Parole at the age of 16 without a shred of physical evidence tying him to the crime for which he was convicted. Sean and I have been friends since grade school and we were married in 2017. We live and grow together in love with the knowledge of his innocence, our faith, and hope for our future. We embrace this journey, wherever it may take us, cherishing each moment we have together and staying true to our hearts. This blog is about the past we share, our life together and our fight for justice. Thank you for reading. God bless.
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2 Responses to COVID-19 Inside Prison

  1. Lea Zink says:

    I love you Sean. And it brings tears to my eyes thinking of u deal ok mg with this on top of everything.. nothing I can say will make it better. We feel defeated out here. Most of us are really in pain together right now and we all just need to heal eachother.. mother earth needs this we need this.. we need to hit rock ass bottom so all the rich celebrities and Gov and everyone higher up can be knocked down a peg or two cause their money cant protect them or buy t.p even. Now they are feeling more humane. I feel ur justice is coming and u will get out soon.. I just kno it. I love you sean. Stay strong. Keep ur head up. Love Lea(your fav cousin😂🤷‍♀️). And btw. I dont proof read and quick short text. Sorry for errors


    • You can help by signing Sean’s petition, sharing it, his video or his website with literally anyone. Thank you. I’ll let you know when I have his reply for you, phone calls have been sparse. (Sean does not have internet but I run his social media campaign for justice and freedom)


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