#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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Stories

“This is a petri dish for disaster”

Featured Story by Lavontaye Graham

 

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Oklahoma Mother Voices Concerns About Her Son
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An Oklahoma mother shares her concerns about the transfer process of new inmates from other facilities, many of whom are infected with the Coronavirus. She worries for her son, whose risk increases with every new intake.
I knew I was dying. And I knew no one cared.
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When I was beginning to have real difficulty breathing, I put a note out the door. It works like this when you are in the hole. You write a note on a piece of paper or whatever and slide it out the crack of the door about head-high. It sticks out like a flag and the next officer that comes by gets it. I wrote on a manilla legal envelope: "My name is [REDACTED]. I have COVID-19. I am dying. Is there anyone out there who can help me get to a doctor or to a hospital?"
Inhumane Treatment in A Georgia Prison
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I've been incarcerated 12 years: 6.5 awaiting trial and 5.5 in prison. My family really doesn't know what this place is like, so they don't understand the dangers.  Or, perhaps they do, but we don't talk about it. There is little they can do about it anyway, so I don't want to depress them.
Kevin Rashid Johnson On Covid In Indiana Prisons
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Kevin Rashid Johnson discussing the lack of protections against COVID-19 for incarcerated people in Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana and the dangerous conditions that have resulted due to lackadaisical staff, cramped conditions, and scarce PPE.
James Mason - A Message from Inside
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Mr. Mason describes current conditions from inside and discusses what's needed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails.
Michael Powell Jr. - Marion Correctional Institution
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Michael Powell Jr. speaking from Marion Correctional Institution about how COVID has impacted life inside. He touches on the cramped conditions and lack of recreation due to lockdown, and worries about how this will affect tensions.
Conditions of Covid Inside - Fourth of July
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This institution is allowing its employees to deprive the inmates (us) of our human rights/constitutional rights. Like most of the time, we are only given the opportunity to shower twice and sometimes once a week! We are being denied adequate cleaning tools and supplies during this COVID-19 era! We are being fed on old trays that have old food stuck to it, meaning we are being fed on dirty trays. Most times, we are not being fed the proper amount of food and are often being served unauthorized, uncoordinated and unacceptable substitutions. We are being denied dayroom and recreation privileges/rights and other things as well.
Family Grieves Loss of Father to Covid-19 in Florida Prison
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VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT: Chrystal Camacho, daughter of Henry Camacho who passed away after contracting coronavirus in Sumter Correctional Institution in Florida, gives a speech at a public funeral held at the state capitol in Tallahassee to honor all th...
Washington State Prison, Georgia
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Testimony from an incarcerated person in Washington State Prison, Georgia On July 3, 2020 I knew I was in trouble. I had been sick for a couple days and now had most of the known symptoms. My roommate had the same thing. I tried to fight it off because mos...
Lavontaye Graham Pleads with Governor DeSantis to Save Lives
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#CagingCOVID Caller Submission
“Y’all see us like we’re not even human” While hundreds of prisons across the country fail to provide adequate protections and honor health regulations during the pandemic, the incarcerated find themselves having to plead their case to the court of public opinion.