Stop the Spread of COVID-19: Free the Elderly and Sick from Prisons and Jails
TAKE ACTION NOW
The only way to stop the deadly spread of COVID-19 in Indiana's jails and prisons is to act now. As the pandemic quickly spreads, every day Indiana officials do not act is another day that lives are at risk. We must heed the advice of public health experts to reduce the number of people in jails and prisons.
That's why we're calling on Governor Holcomb to heed the recommendations of 800+ public health experts, including experts from the Hoosier State, to reduce incarcerated populations across Indiana, especially those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Given Indiana's jail overcrowding crisis, conditions are ripe for outbreaks across the state. We know the humanitarian and public health tragedy that is just around the corner if we do not act immediately. Over the last week, a number of states have taken a devastating turning point with COVID-related deaths in jails and prisons.
A prison sentence should not become a death sentence. There is still time to save many lives, but time is running out fast. It's on all of us to call for immediate actions that will protect the people most vulnerable to this pandemic – that includes those involved in the criminal legal system.
The time for Governor Holcomb to act is now.