TELL GOV. EVERS: SAVE LIVES AND RELEASE VULNERABLE PEOPLE FROM PRISON AMID COVID-19
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Right now, Wisconsin state prisons are on the brink of becoming a public health catastrophe – and we need your help to stop it.
The meteoric spike in COVID-19 statewide has set off a severe outbreak in Wisconsin prisons. There have now been more than 2,000 positive tests overall, with over 900 active cases throughout the system. Inaction on the part of our public officials helped lead to this crisis, and the only chance we have at overcoming it is dependent on strong leadership going forward.
An outbreak of COVID-19 in our prisons overburdens our hospitals, endangers public health, and could claim the lives of thousands of people. Remember, people who are in prison will need treatment at their local public hospital, many of which are already overwhelmed with increasing rates of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
This prison pandemic most severely impacts Black Wisconsinites, who are 12 times more likely to be incarcerated than whites.
While other states have taken bold steps to protect public health, here in Wisconsin, Governor Evers' administration has not reduced the prison population enough to allow for social distancing.
While running for election, Governor Evers himself pledged to reduce the state's prison population by half – and now is the time to do it.