No one should be subjected to inhumane conditions—not in a pandemic, not ever. But in the United States, 2.3 million people are incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers, where health care is inadequate and human rights abuses are rampant.
COVID-19 has multiplied the dangers of imprisonment exponentially. As of late October, there have been more than 252,000 positive cases among incarcerated people as well as staff—and at least 1,450 people have died.
As we work to keep each other healthy and safe, it's critical that we extend that care to members of our community who are incarcerated as well as their families and communities, by quickly releasing as many people as possible.
Join AFSC in calling on governors in every state and the leadership of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to respect the human rights and dignity of every person and take steps that help create healthier and safer communities for us all.