June 26, 2020
Following up on the previous blog post, here is detailed news article from the Virginian-Pilot about how Covid-19 is being dealt with in Virginia's prisons and jails. People have gotten sick unnecessarily and people have died unnecessarily as well. People who are near the end of their sentence are still languishing in prison or jail. There is a lack of facial masks and other PPP. These stories are heartbreaking because it could be different and still can be different. More people need to advocate on behalf of those in prisons and jails. Please call Gov. Northam's office at (804) 786-0000 and ask for the Governor's office. Tell them to release incarcarated people who are at least a year from the end of their sentence; tell them to release inmates with underlying medical conditions, and tell them to release inmates who are 60 or older. Urge them to provide more PPP and cleaning supplies to staff and inmates. Read the news article from the Virginian-Pilot below.