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On the Issues: Clemency, COVID-19, and Incarceration

On the Issues: Clemency, COVID-19, and Incarceration

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, people in jails, prisons, and detention centers were put at additional risk of infection due to cramped quarters and lack of medical care often experienced in these settings in the US. AFSC and many other organizations urged leaders to release vulnerable individuals back into their families and communities as part of our larger push to #FreeThemAll.

Now, with the pandemic continuing to impact communities, people who had been released are in danger of being re-incarcerated in the same prisons that put them at risk in the first place. Join AFSC staff as they discuss ongoing work to free people from prisons, and what our appeals for clemency from elected officials can mean for people who had been released in an attempt to curb the impacts of illness.

And join us at every second Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT for the next installment of our livestream series where AFSC staff members share updates on our work.