Attention : Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
This letter is on behalf of Ms. Steverson who has been incarcerated since April 17,2000. She is serving a sentence of 6 to life. As of now in a couple of days she will have served 20 years. But, in this time of Covid-19 we are asking for her compassionate release due to her health conditions. She was just released from Tri City hospital from the ICU and has now returned to CIW in the infirmary. She is in desperate need of an urgent bone marrow transplant.
A bone marrow transplant is a procedure that infuses healthy blood-forming stem cells into your body to replace your damaged or diseased bone marrow. A bone marrow transplant is also called a stem cell transplant.
You might need a bone marrow transplant if your bone marrow stops working and does not produce enough healthy blood cells.
As we know the conditions of incarceration are not conducive for her health and sustainability.
The conditions of correctional facilities which house women can be a major cause of health and human rights concerns. Given that the steep rise in the population of incarcerated women has been a relatively recent phenomenon, prisons and jails originally built to accommodate male prisoners have not been adjusted to meet the special needs of women, like providing pregnancy and prenatal care, other gynecological services, mental healthcare, and adequate accommodation for things like menstrual hygiene.Issues with standards of care and adequate prison conditions are worsened by a lack of standards on data collecting and also by the privatization of prison healthcare services, which cannot be as tightly regulated as public services. We are signing this petition in urgency of her release. She has a support system her immediate family, a religious community at Emmanuel Temple in Bakersfield,Ca. The structural support of Silent Cry Inc and All of us or None Bakersfield chapter. She needs dignity and care that incarceration cannot provide but a release could grant access to a possibility of prolonging life and finding a compatible donor.
On behalf of DaReta Gail Steverson
Silent Cry Inc is submitting this petition for immediate release for medical care.