Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, conditions in Philly jails have become a ticking time bomb. Access to basic services like medical care, the law library, and time outside one’s cell has been heavily restricted, with many incarcerated people spending months in near-constant lockdown. The tension and stress caused by these conditions, as well as increased staff violence, have created a dangerous situation for everyone in the Philadelphia prisons. Fourteen people have already died.
Urge Mayor Kenney to announce an emergency declaration and launch a full investigation into the ongoing crisis in Philly jails.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney