COVID-19 is affecting all of our lives and poses a public health risk to people everywhere.
Together, through strict social distancing (i.e., giving people six feet of personal space), we can slow the spread of the virus and help prevent our healthcare system from getting too overwhelmed—literally saving lives.
But, people in jail and prison cannot practice social distancing, and many of them are already predisposed to complications from the virus.
Understanding this, Generation Progress stands with organizations across the country calling for juvenile justice detention and placement facilities to halt new admissions, and release all detained and incarcerated young people—unless a determination is made that a youth is a substantial safety risk to others.
We’re also asking that local elected officials and governors work to immediately reduce jail and prison populations by releasing certain categories of people—unless an individual’s release would present an unreasonable risk to the physical safety of the community.
Jails and prison populations must be reduced so that cells are not shared and there are sufficient medical beds.
As we all take steps to ensure the health of ourselves and our loved ones, we must also take steps to ensure the wellbeing of the 43,000 children and 2.2 million adults who are behind bars right now.
Email your state and local officials today.