"The close quarters present in our nation's jails and prisons present a clear and ongoing risk of infection in general, and with the coronavirus in particular," said
"The elderly population, at large, is especially vulnerable to this disease and this is even more true when faced with the close confines of a prison environment. Based on remarks made by the President earlier this week, it appears that he too is open to releasing elderly, nonviolent prisoners. As such, I would encourage BOP to take this matter seriously and move swiftly on this issue."
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Dear Director Carvajal:
As you know, the close quarters present in our nation's jails and prisons present aclear and ongoing risk of infection./2 This, coupled with the fact that prisoners across the country --including in my home state of
The elderly population, at large,is especially vulnerable to this disease and this is even more true when faced with the close confines of a prison environment.Therefore, while I was encouraged by the President's statement that "we're going to take a look at it,"/4
I would encourage you and youragency to move swiftly on this issue.Doing so would not only protect the health and lives of the hundreds of thousands of inmates under your jurisdiction,butwould also serve to shieldthe public servantsemployed by the Bureau from infection as well.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. Should you or your staff have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
1/ Cranley, Ellen. "
2/ Lopez. "A Coronavirus Outbreak inJails or Prisons Could Turn into a Nightmare." Vox. Vox,
3/ Crepeau, Megan, and
4/ Cranley, Ellen. "