#CagingCOVID: Stopping the Spread Behind Bars

While the world is trying to flatten the curve of a pandemic without end in sight, U.S. prisons and detention centers continue to be COVID-19 hotspots, warehousing millions and failing to make the substantial populations reductions needed to create conditions of social distance.

#CagingCOVID is a campaign to shine a light on mass incarceration in a time of a public health crisis, and apply pressure to use parole, clemency and decarceration at local and federal levels to stop the spread of the virus behind bars.

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Recent News

Reportback from on #NationalFreedomDay, Feb 1st 2021
The following text, pictures, videos and links give a glimpse at activity surrounding the February 1st #NationalFreedomDay call to action associated with the #CagingCOVID campaign. This effort included the organizational endorsement of ...
Prisoner advocates across the country call on DOJ nominee Kristen Clarke to address urgent pandemic conditions behind bars
Press Release For Immediate Release: January 28, 2021 Washington D.C. — Prisoner rights activists and abolitionists representing 70+ organizations across the country will be traveling to DC to hand-deliver a petition on Monday, Feb 1st, National Freedom Day, ...
FAQ on How the DOJ Can and Should Act to Limit COVID-19 Spread in Prisons
FAQ on How the DOJ Can and Should Act to Limit COVID-19 Spread in Prisons UPDATED 1/27/21 THE ORIGINAL SOURCE FOR FAQ CAN BE FOUND HERE. CHECK FOR...
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“This is a petri dish for disaster”

Featured Story by Lavontaye Graham

Has your life been touched by the threat Covid-19 poses to our prison population? If so, we want to hear about it. Click “add your story” today to share your experience and spread awareness.

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COVID-Positive Inmates Stacked Like Sardines In A Dormitory
Anne is a mother from Florida who worries about her 25-year-old son, who contracted the coronavirus in prison. She talks about the conditions he and other people inside endured during their quarantine period. Submission by, Anne Amended Transcription of Audi...
They Said They'd Release My Brother, But They Haven't
Back in March, officials at a prison in Bastrop, Texas told a woman we'll call Mindy that her brother would be released for home confinement due to his underlying conditions - high blood pressure and diabetes. But as late as December, Mindy's brother had yet to be released. And COVID-19 continue...
COVID-19 Outbreaks In A Virginia Shadow Prison
Marylin McCarty and Kirsten Darby of the Just Future Project in Virginia discuss the injustice of the process of Civil Commitment of people who committed sex offenses after they've served the length of their sentences. McCarty and Darby talk about the inhumane ...
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