Protect People in Jails and Prisons from Coronavirus

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People in prisons and jails are highly vulnerable to outbreaks of contagious illnesses like coronavirus. They are packed together in close quarters with little control over their daily interactions with others, and are often in poor health.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Gov. Cuomo we need urgent action to protect people who are incarcerated from COVID-19.

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Governor Cuomo

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I am writing to urge you to take action to protect the lives of people in jails and prisons during the coronavirus pandemic.

People in prisons and jails are highly vulnerable to outbreaks of contagious illnesses like coronavirus. They are packed together in close quarters with little control over their daily interactions with others, and are often in poor health.

New York must dramatically reduce its incarcerated population, limit new admissions into jails and prisons, take active steps to reduce the risk to any individuals who remain incarcerated, and make all plans regarding the management of COVID-19 in jails and prisons available to the public.

You should release as many people as possible who are incarcerated in our jails and prisons, prioritizing:
• People with underlying health conditions
• People over 50
• People detained for administrative reasons (including parole violations)
• People who are held pre-trial (and legally innocent)
• People serving a sentence who are slated for release soon

You should also direct authorities to limit new admissions to jails and prisons to only those necessary for public safety, and call on all district attorneys to decline to prosecute low-level offenses.

I’m counting on you to take these proactive steps that will decrease the chances of an outbreak in jails and prisons and save thousands of lives.

Sincerely,

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

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