#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

NJ Signs Bill to Release Prisoners During Public Health Crises, Setting National Standard for COVID-19 in Prisons
NJ ACLU Press Release October 18, 2020 Gov. Murphy signed into law S2519/A4235, which lets people nearing end of prison sentences go home months early TRENTON – In a victory for racial justice and public health, Gov. Murphy on Oct. 19 signed into law S2519/A4235, championed by Senator Nellie ...
Prisons battling COVID-19 face another disease threat this fall
Reposted from The Verge  Sept 11, 2020 By Nicole Wetsman At the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Oklahoma, over ...
Update from Ware State Prison, Georgia
Update of the conditions of living for inmates at Ware State Prison as of Monday, August 10, 2020. We are now receiving one hot meal for dinner. The food is awful because they are letting the inmates from M building p...
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“This is a petri dish for disaster”

Featured Story by Lavontaye Graham

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They've Got 300 Men In The Showers At One Time
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Audio Submission By, Renee Dagley About Ricardo Peña III Amended Audio Transcription My fiance, he's been incarcerated 12 years on a 30 year sentence. He's a Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, Texas, and they're not doing anything for...
I Spoke Out, And I Don't Know If My Son's Getting Punished For It
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Audio Submission by, Tracy Amended Transcription of Audio: They're treated like animals in there, and that's my son in there. I'm not just going to forget about him. He was at Moore Haven, and he called me, and he said, "Mom," he says, "they're taking sick...
Incarcerated Elder in FL Prison Threatened by Guards for Trying to Social Distance
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On Saturday, October 24th the morning meal shift did again violate the social distance seating policy and I filed a formal grievance to the warden concerning the shift’s reckless disregard for our health and safety. On October 29, 2020 Sergeant____, CO ____, CO ____, and as for now an unidentified correctional officer did come in my dorm housing unit after master roster count to conduct an alleged shakedown. Myself and several inmates who live around me were picked for the shakedown. After the shakedown was completed Sergeant ____ called me into the bathroom off of camera where the three officers with him did surround and he proceeded to question me why was my name on grievances concerning seating in the dining hall. He stated I was the reason that they were in the dorm and told me that I had better lay down and be still because if he sees my name On one more grievance they were going to come back and tear up the whole dorm and before they left he would tell the inmates in the dorm the shakedown was because of me.
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