Apr 26, 2021
At least one in three prisoners in this country have contracted COVID-19. That is about three-and-a-half times the rate of infection in the population as a whole.
More that 2,700 prisoners have died.
This is according to multiple studies carried out by The New York Times, UCLA, and the Associated Press, among others. All agree that the numbers are undoubtedly even higher because of the lack of testing.
Officials from the highest levels on down have consistently tried to throw the responsibility for the pandemic on individuals. When there have been spikes, the media has been quick to blame families gathering for Thanksgiving or young people celebrating over Spring Break.
But prisoners are literally under the control of the state. Their protection from the virus can only be the state’s responsibility. And it has failed this most basic responsibility.
In doing so, this system has condemned thousands of people to death, when that was not their sentence.
It is this barbaric system that deserves to be condemned.