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Update 3/25/20–Corona Virus & Jails-Prisons

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As of March 9th, the New York Times reported, there were an estimated 600 cases of corona virus in the United States. As of March 25th, there are 55,081 cases of Corona Virus in the United States, and 785 deaths. The Coronavirus has started to  infect our jails and prisons.   Dr. Jeff Keller, medical director for the Bonneville County Jail, in Idaho, stated,“Once (coronavirus) gets into an enclosed system like that, it kind of gets wild.”Because correctional facilities are a unique environment, there are complicated issues, such as visitation, security, etc.

What is Happening in our Jails and Prisons:

 

Approximately 38-40 individuals, who are inmates or work in the New York City jail system, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Monitored patients in the New York City jails contagious disease and quarantine units have doubled from 26 to 56 in less than a week. Jail officials anticipate an increase in the number of infected inmates.

Scott Hechinger, a Brooklyn public defender reported to the Washington Post,“Every single person now trapped on Rikers and other jails throughout New York State, serving short sentences for non-violent and other low-level offenses, will be released shortly anyway… Why risk turning a couple of months for low-level drug possession or petit theft into a death sentence?” Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the release of 300 nonviolent inmates from Rikers Island.

On Monday, the Michigan Department of Corrections reported one inmate has contracted the corona virus, and three correctional employees in different areas of Michigan have tested positive for COVID-19.

Jesse Lerner-Kinglake of Just Detention (inmates advocacy group), reported to Fox News, “The projections for the toll that the coronavirus might inflict on U.S. cities like New York are terrifying. But for prisons and jails, which are like small cities unto themselves, it is likely to get even more dire. Detention facilities are ripe for the spread of disease, given the rampant overcrowding and subpar health care… Worse still, many prisoners have HIV, diabetes, heart disease and other serious illnesses that put them at risk for developing complications from the coronavirus. Imagine New York City, but more crowded and with more sick people — and far fewer medical staff.”

Jails and prisons have no choice, but to take immediate action to protect inmates, correctional officers, and civilian employees from this Pandemic.

Posted by: Bradley D. Schwartz
Founder of prisonpath.com
Prison Consultant

 

 

 

 

 

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Carolyn woodburn
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Carolyn woodburn

Is the governor going to let the prisoners die in prison?

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Carolyn woodburn

Carolyn woodburn please let me. Know what’s happening to the people at Albert Wagner youth facility. My grandson is there but no one answers the phone it’s been a month now. Please help. Let them release all prisoners that have a place to go before it’s too late. The guards have family and they need to be with them. The Lord knows best. I’m praying for the entire universe. I know help is on the way

Carolyn woodburn
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Carolyn woodburn

Release uninfected prisoners it,s safer for many less infection. After this virus is over have them come back. Don’t let them die there. Please, please

Karen Alberts
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Karen Alberts

I am writing and emailing politicians about my concern of the inmates, specifically my son. He is 48,has hypertension, and on 4 diff. medications a day. He has served 10 of his 13 yr sentence on drug charges. He is in a low camp but they are not letting him out!! Explain that one!! YES,the BOP is letting our loved ones DIE.

ConcernedMom
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ConcernedMom

Carolyn I feel you! I am so afraid my son will get the virus in prison! Once it gets started, it will spread like wildfire! People seem to adopt the idea that prisoners are not worthy of protection or medical attention. They are human beings being broken and the main thing they need is to be treated with a little humanity. So PLEASE…..start testing and get the men medical care. In other words, PLEASE DON’T LET OUR SONS, HUSBANDS, AND FATHERS DIE!!

Christine Collins
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Christine Collins

I agree my son is in southern state and they do not care what happens to the prisoners in there..ive heard alot and its not right they need to start releasing some of them

C A Sanford
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C A Sanford

Amen. Does anyone know how to go about contacting ASDC. In the Kershaw prison.

C A Sanford
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C A Sanford

For releases

ConcernedMom
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ConcernedMom

I hope someone reads these posts!! Please take care of the prisoners!!

Virginia L. Collier
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They need to do something before it reaches the prisoners.

Concerned Mom
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Concerned Mom

Someone help us save our sons, fathers, and brothers!! Federal prisons are not releasing the older and medically challenged inmates!!!!

Anxious Mom
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Anxious Mom

Someone please help! It’s inhumane to leave people locked up, with little medical care, no way to social distance and no masks or anything! NOBODY deserves that! My son is in Cañon City Colorado and I can’t get any information on his facility. He only violated his probation by failing a drug test. No violence. That’s not a reason to die! He has severe asthma. I’m going crazy!

Virginia Collier
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They have committed they have plenty of soap and water, they gave each prisoner 2bars of soap, at no cost what they don’t say what size, we’ll I’ll tell you they are hotel soap bars!

A concerned Mom
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A concerned Mom

Another day another infected inmate!! Stop, listen to Barr’s directive, and save our loved ones that can’t help themselves! Where is your humanity??

Concerned Mom
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Concerned Mom

Is anyone having any success in getting their loved one out? I guess the prisons don’t take orders from the Attorney General!!

Worried Moma
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Worried Moma

PLEASE LET THE INMATES OUT THAT ARE VULNERABLE AND HAVE SERVED 80% OF THEIR TIME!!!!

Mad Moma
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Mad Moma

So has anyone been able to get their loved one out of prison? It seems only ones that have lawyers or are crooked politicians that are getting out.