STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN COLORADO JAILS AND PRISONS
To protect the public health and safety of thousands of incarcerated people and the staff that work in our correctional facilities, as well as the health of the broader Colorado public, ACLU of Colorado is working to reduce the number of medically vulnerable people in prisons and jails.
We must take action to bring our neighbors safely home or more people will die both behind bars and in the community. We need statewide leadership to safely release the most vulnerable communities from prison as a vital step in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
A prison sentence should not be a death sentence. Join us to decarcerate and save lives.
NEW ACLU-CO REPORT ON JAIL DEPOPULATION
OCT 13, 2020. The ACLU-CO released a new report “COVID-19 Jail Depopulation in Colorado: An Unexpected Path Forward” which found that jail depopulation in Colorado has been smart, safe, and thoughtful, with a clear focus on reserving jail beds for people who pose a threat to others. This report uses original data and research to assess the impact of depopulation policies implemented in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis and calls on legislators to memorialize these policies into law in 2021 to maintain low jail populations.
“The prison is a petri dish and the virus is spreading fast. During this pandemic, I don’t understand why we keep nonviolent and medically vulnerable people in prison. As long as he’s stuck in there, I feel like I’m stuck in there with him.”
— Sandra Winston, whose husband Gary is incarcerated in Sterling on a one-year drug sentence
We need you. Tell Governor Polis to safely release the elderly and sick from unsafe, overcrowded prisons in Colorado, and save lives now. The more of us who contact the Governor, the more public pressure we build to push Governor Polis to do the right thing.
To call the Governor:
Click here or make your own call to (303) 866-2471
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