Tell Governor Carney & Commissioner DeMatteis to Protect Those Living & Working in DOC Facilities


As COVID-19 cases continue to be at all-time highs in Delaware, our correctional facilities are facing a crisis that advocates have warned about since March.

On December 7, 2020, the DOC reported 574 positive cases in DOC facilities between incarcerated people, correctional staff, and contracted staff. Stakeholders have received reports of infirmary overflow, mail blocking, lack of hygiene items, and safety protocols not being followed every day since the numbers inside DOC facilities have started to climb again.

11 people have died from the virus under the care of the Department of Correction – the third highest rate in the nation – and with current infection rates sky-rocketing we know that number is in serious danger of rising quickly.

We need your help to save those lives.

We sent a letter to Governor Carney and DOC Commissioner DeMatteis asking them — again — to take necessary steps to protect those living and working in Delaware’s correctional facilities.

Show Governor Carney and Commissioner DeMatties that you care about what happens to the people living and working in our correctional facilities: send a letter asking them to act immediately on the recommendations we sent in our letter to reduce the spread and save the lives of incarcerated people and DOC staff.

Message Recipients:
Governor John Carney
Commissioner Claire DeMatteis

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Your Message
Dear Governor Carney and Commissioner DeMatteis,

Incarcerated people, DOC staff, and contracted staff are highly vulnerable to outbreaks of COVID-19 in our correctional facilities. As of December 8, 2020, 1,223 people living and working in DOC facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 and 11 have died — making us the third-highest rate of incarcerated deaths from COVID in the nation.

Governor Carney and Commissioner DeMatteis, you can do something to reduce the deadly path of this virus in DOC facilities. You have the tools and the power to reduce the spread and save lives, and I’m asking you to use it immediately.

Thank you for the steps that you’ve taken since March to reduce the pandemic’s impact in DOC facilities. Please recognize that we need to do more to protect those living and working in Delaware’s correctional facilities and consider this ask with a sense of urgency, responsibility, and ultimately, humanity.

Thank you for considering this request,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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