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Can’t sleep. People do not appreciate the mass death we’ll see in US jails, prisons, & detention centers unless we mass release people. 2.3 million incarcerated. Hundreds of thousands officers. No ability to distance. Bad med care. 95% return home at some point anyway. Start now.
The scale of US mass incarceration makes the scale of the potential impact of Coronavirus terrifying:

1)US is 5% of world’s population. 25% of all incarcerated

2)More jailed just pretrial than ALL incarcerated in India

3)Quarter of China population. 1/2 million more in prison
Resistance by those in power to any release. So start easy. Release those:

-Jailed pretrial for misdemeanors. Nonviolent felonies. “Violent” felonies w/o injury
-Caged on technical (noncriminal) parole/probation violations
-Serving less than 1 yr term for lowlevel offenses
While I don’t think we should be drawing any lines, let’s all agree to release everyone:

-Within the last 2 years of their sentences
-Older than 55 (read up on extraordinarily low recidivism)
-Younger than 16
-In ICE detention.
-With serious health conditions.
That’s all on the back end. On the front end, police stop:

-Stop & frisk
-Executing warrants for misdemeanors & violations
-Arresting for “quality of life” offenses: Drug possession, marijuana, trespass (homelessness), petit theft, fare evasion, suspended licenses
Prosecutors need to:

-Decline to prosecute any quality of life crime, violation, or warrant for same if police still try to bring through.
-Consent to release/supervision on nearly everything.
-Advocate to lawmakers & governors to take broad sweeping decarceral action.
States & localities need to:

-Drop most requirements and conditions of community supervision. A set up for failure as it is & now a public health risk.
-Resource & enhance reentry support for those returning home
-Yea. What Leo said:
🚨🚨In response to this thread, I just heard from a Bellevue (hospital that cares for Riker’s patients) Doctor who wishes to remain anonymous: “I just moved a Rikers patient to our ICU for COVID. I am terrified of what is going to happen in prisons and jails.”
And like that, my 4.5 year old just crawled into my bed. Whispered in my ear “I love you.” Told me the light on my phone is too bright. And so now it’s finally sleep time. More tomorrow.
HELP ME? Yup. I’m begging right now. This is the real deal. NY state democrats right now planning to jail more people. Please let @NYGovCuomo & @NYSenDems that now is not the time to jail more New Yorkers. Seriously. Please just @ them. Now. Tell them #NoRollBacks on bail reform.
Visit for more info on bail & Coronavirus & to demand state lawmakers stand behind the new bail reform law that has already potentially saved tens of thousands from exposure.
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