Urge Elected Officials: Save Lives in NJ Prisons


People who are incarcerated in New Jersey prisons have died from COVID-19 at a higher rate than any other prison system in the country – in a state with the worst Black-white disparity in prison population.

Urgent action is needed to save lives. Send a message to New Jersey elected officials to urge the swift passage of legislation (S2519/A4235) to create an emergency credit system for incarcerated people in our prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. Without immediate action, more people will die – both inside and outside of prison walls.

Message Recipients:
Governor Phil Murphy
Your State Senator
Your State House Representative
Senate President Steve Sweeney
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin

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An on-going public health emergency rages on New Jersey’s prisons, where those who are incarcerated are dying at a rate higher than any state in the nation. You and your colleagues have already taken meaningful steps to protect the health of many New Jerseyans. Now, I’m urging you to use your your powers to prevent more deaths by reducing our state’s prison population.

I urge you to support S2519/A4235, which would create “public health emergency credits” for those who are in the custody of the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Justice Commission. S2519/A4235 would create a credit that would accrue at a rate of six months per month served during a public health emergency, allowing for the expedited release of individuals who are already expected to complete their sentences soon.

This is a matter of public health, human dignity, and racial justice. New Jersey has the worst Black-white racial disparity in its prisons out of every state in the country. The uncontrolled epidemic in New Jersey’s correctional facilities puts people of color at a disproportionately greater risk.

The New Jersey Legislature’s commitment to racial justice has been demonstrated time and again. You can extend this legacy by expediting the release of incarcerated individuals. Doing so is a matter of life and death.


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