1. DEMAND FREEDOM FOR IMPRISONED AND DETAINED PEOPLE, AND DEFEND THE WELLBEING OF THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES
Prisons, jails, detention centers, and psychiatric facilities are sites in which the COVID-19 virus is spreading at exponential rates. As such, carceral settings are fundamentally unable to hold people healthily and safely. We must prioritize the release of incarcerated people now, and access to safety measures for those still inside. We must free them all.
Release all people in immigrant detention centers and contracted jailing facilities, and end all detention expansion.
Release all people from jails, halfway houses, transition centers and federal and state prisons, starting with elderly, immunocompromised, and others who have been identified as being particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 (including Black, trans, gender nonconforming, and LGBQ prisoners). Immigrants being released must not be funneled to immigration custody from local jails, state prison systems, or any state agency. All jurisdictions should have a full decarceration plan as soon as possible, but in no longer than 30 days. Demand full release, not carceral mechanisms such as furloughs or home monitoring.
Use a public health lens to replace a “criminal justice” lens and resist excluding any group of people from release based on category of crime or conviction. This includes rejecting false divisions branding people as either “violent” or “non-violent.”
Upon imprisoned people’s release, provide free, safe transportation from facilities to their community residence of choice, if needed. For those who do not have housing lined up, provide access to housing.
Provide immediate and full access to free health care and health/hygiene supplies for all imprisoned people. Provide soap, hand sanitizer, medical care, and eliminate all medical co-pays.
All facilities detaining and imprisoning people must share a plan to ensure the health and safety of all people in carceral facilities with the public.
Absolutely NO lockdowns or bans on visitation. Family visits should be allowed in a medically healthy way. Prisoner phone calls and other communications must be made free.