Demand a special review into the death of Shadae ‘Dae Dae’ Schmidt


by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Shadae (Dae Dae) SchmidtShadae Schmidt, aka Dae Dae, was a 32-year-old African-American woman who died of a heart attack on March 13, 2014, at CIW (California Institution for Women) prison in Chino, east of LA. We suspect her death is due to medical negligence because she had been asking for medical help for weeks.

On Feb. 3, 2014, Shadae had a stroke, and within two weeks she was returned back to a cell in the solitary confinement unit (SHU) where she was still in active recovery. Upon her return, she was given medication that she repeatedly told medical staff was making her very sick. Her complaints fell on deaf ears and prison staff continued giving her the same medication – and then she died.

Shadae’s death is a terrible tragedy and one that happens far too often in California prisons because of severe medical neglect. We are asking for as many people as possible to demand that the federal medical receiver’s office conduct a special review into Shadae’s death immediately, before the prison tries to cover anything up.

CCWP logo 'Together Fearless and Unified'Email or phone Receiver J. Clark Kelso, California Prison Health Care Receivership, at or 916-691-1404, the Inmate Healthcare Inquiry Line, to ask for an investigation into Shadae Schmidt’s untimely death. Please reference her CDCR No. W97014 and location at CIW. Just leave this request as a message after the prompts.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support! If you have any questions, call the California Coalition for Women Prisoners at 415-255-7036, ext. 314.

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people and communities of color by the prison industrial complex. We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families and communities most impacted in building this movement. Learn more at



  1. We keep hearing about these deaths in prison , more than often related to some type of mental illness. Although Kelso focuses primarily on medical issues, the corresponding lawsuit for Mental Health treatment is Coleman and there is a special master who oversees mental health. CDCR is desperately trying to get out of under Coleman lawsuit, rest assured, if they do – their first step will be to do away with whatever mental health treatment is currently provided. The mental health administration and the medical administration under CDCR are way too tied into custody – i.e. the prison guards, who have little or no interest in providing mental/medical health to the prisoners. It is time for medical/mental health to completely detach itself from custody/cdcr, and create an independent body that would be accountable to the courts and NOT to CDCR. By playing the numbers game, the mental health/medical administration is trying to prove that it is actually providing court mandated services, they are not, all they are doing is shuffling numbed and paper, and furthermore hindering the ability of line mental health/medical staff from providing real services. The only time this becomes an issue when there is a death, the ongoing negligent attitude of the administration is for the most part ignored.

  2. CIW will do everything possible to cover up inmate deaths.The PIO works closely with the San Bernadino Coroners office to ensure Autopsy reports reflect no blame on CIW medical care. It takes months to complete these reports, usually shortly before or after the statute of limitation runs out to file a claim. Even then, most attorneys won't touch such a case unless the inmate death was the result of physical harm. Medical neglect is far too difficult to prove. When Lisa Connelly W57049 was having a heart attack in the prison hospital, she pounded on the door and walls for over an hour seeking help. She was ignored for almost two hours until count. Ambulance personnel noted rigidity had already set in when they arrived. an hour and a half later the blood cells had begun to settle according to the coroner. Inmate deaths are common at CIW and never reported by the media.

  3. I personally knew dae dae. She was not a complainer. I know how staff act like you said nothing… and medical staff. J.Clark Kelso need to do what Honorable Judge Henderson assigned him to do. Investigate the death of Shadae Schmidt w97014.

  4. A heart attack is commonly caused by a sudden obstruction of the blood supply to part of the heart muscle. Symptoms include: collapse, sudden faintness or dizziness, a sense of impending doom, ashen skin, and blueness at the lips, a rapid, weak, or irregular pulse, profuse sweating, extreme gasping for air. prevention: healthy diet, exercise, quit smoking, don't drink to much, if other members of the family have heart problems, then regular medical checks, hope everyone this helps.

  5. I was incarcerated with dae dae for quit some time she was a very loving. And beautiful person im so sadden to know that she has passed away due to neglect i love you dae dae Schmidt

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