Demand ADOC Close Its Unconstitutional and Inhumane COVID Quarantine


In July 2020, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) reopened parts of the Draper Correctional Facility to use for quarantining people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This previously decommissioned prison was closed in 2017 after the U.S. Department of Justice reported on its extremely poor and squalid conditions.

Since then, reports have circulated exposing how ADOC confines COVID-positive people to one or more rooms in a building at Draper with no toilets, no running water, and frequent power outages. The men are forced to urinate in Styrofoam cups and plastic water bottles; deprived of regular showers; and denied access to phones, the ability to file grievances, traditional writing materials, and their regular prescribed medications.

Read our full demand letter to learn more about the conditions at Draper.

These conditions are simply inhumane and unconstitutional, and Commissioner Jeff Dunn must rectify this situation immediately. Whether he will, however, is a different question. Dunn has a poor track record. We've already seen two reports from the Department of Justice with little action from Dunn. Now, he's failing to react appropriately to yet another crisis.

That's why we're making sure he can't ignore this one.

Help us by sending a message to Commissioner Dunn to end these human rights violations that are currently happening on his watch. Together, we can make him hear us loud and clear: CLOSE DRAPER NOW.

Message Recipients:
ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn
Alabama State Legislators

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Your Message

We are in the midst of a global pandemic dealing with a highly infectious disease, and you are housing sick people in your care in facilities without regular access to running water, appropriate bathroom facilities, personal sanitation supplies, and appropriate medical care. This is abhorrent on every level, and it is your sworn duty to end this nightmare and provide real care for people in prison.

Now, it's time for you to make this right.

We need you to stop housing COVID-19 and coronavirus-positive patients at the Draper Correctional Facility, and provide them with humane, medically-appropriate care.

We need you to provide easily accessible and functioning toilets, sanitary showers and sinks, clean linens, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies to every single incarcerated person in Alabama.

We need you to stop selling your plan to build new privately owned mega-prisons and start taking care of the people already incarcerated in existing ADOC facilities.

Until you comply with the minimal standards of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, you continue to fail at your job.


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