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William Barr, FCI, Ohio discussed on Casual Times


Attorney General William Barr issued an emergency order calling for the release of vulnerable federal prisoners and home confinement with priority given to those in the hardest hit federal prisons like FCI helped in in Ohio where three people died from corona virus in the past week and at least twenty more have been hospitalized on Friday a prisoner there named Erin to Sean Campbell made a desperate plea for help in a video he found on the cell phone and posted on Facebook live like a couple days ago all right so all of this on a little the money is is getting sick and they like the services my they literally leaving the center with the this comes as prisoners in Alabama told ABC news the state prisons there are quote fixin to be a mass grave site and Chicago's cook county jail at least two hundred thirty four prisoners have tested positive for the virus at least sixteen states have already released prisoners since the corona virus outbreak here in New York the epicenter of the pandemic at least twenty four cases of cove in nineteen it's been confirmed among state prisoners but governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to grant anyone freedom more than a hundred fifty specialists have signed a letter to Cuomo calling on him to act quickly to prevent more people from getting sick by granting emergency clemency to older sick pregnant or immuno compromised prisoners meanwhile a prisoner at reikers island in New York has died of complications of cove in nineteen hundreds of prisoners and prison workers at jails across the city have tested positive as calls mount to release more prisoners New York City mayor bill de Blasio has said he'll release about three hundred people from reikers island and other city jails records currently holds just over five thousand people many are there for parole violations or serving less than a year for low level offenses many have not gone to trial yet they simply don't have money for bail for more we're joined by someone who was just released Saturday morning from Ryker's those ideas is an NYU graduate students social and cultural analysis with an emphasis on Latino studies he was freed after a campaign calling for his release after he was arrested on a parole violation March second also with us Jose Saldana director of the group releasing aging people in prison or rap Jose was released from New York state prison in January two thousand eighteen after serving thirty eight years and for parole board to Niles he had a recent column in USA today headline clemency is needed for incarcerated new Yorkers vulnerable to corona virus we welcome you both to democracy now has a DS let's begin with you you just got out of Ryker's describe what's happening inside Hey Amy yeah definitely sold some of the things that like I would like to just highlight you know that we already know that reconcile is a public health crisis just basically you're in close proximity with everyone's soul there's no way possible that you could not get sick normally in general and now corona virus has like kinda intensified that sentiment so that's the overall idea sold everybody else is on high alert we don't have access to any type of adequate cleaning supplies in general and now corona has like kinda force officers to begin to ration on the cleaning supplies even further and you know everything is just been going way pretty much not in general to also speak a little closer to like the inmate who passed away and the two hundred seventy three inmates who are already like testing positive as well as correctional process and help workers and also a little bit too like have to jail be in quarantine I was in oldest phantom correctional center which is one of the phone jails and reconciling but I wasn't always there I was so initially in Manhattan house and transferred to the barge or the Bronx detention center and from there transferred into reikers island there were no cases going on of corona in in the Bronx and they transfer me into a place that had a corona sold correctional facilities aren't really thinking about the overall health of people or whether they're jeopardizing people in general to them it's just normal business and how things are going but when you think about half the jealous quarantine I was him in our house unit called three upper by the time we left off early Saturday morning my house and another house ward only houses not quarantine on the dollar sign and all these fan of correctional center everyone else was already quarantine guys might have tested positive in taken out of facility everyone else who was in that house with the man had been exposed to the virus we're basically locked in you couldn't get out and somehow guys we're still finding ways to get out and mingle among other people in the process soul there was also the courts he wasn't taking serious so that's pretty much like what's going on which also put a lot of people on high alert and just being just not being able to have access to medicals and other issue as well yeah that's pretty much what I think about on the medical level in a series of tweets doctor Ross McDonald the chief medical officer for correctional health services in New York calls for the release of his many imprisoned New Yorkers as possible said it's now unlikely officials will be able to halt the spread of covert nineteen predicting twenty percent of those infected will need hospitalization five percent will require ventilators he called the situation at Ryker's eight public health disaster unfolding before our eyes on Jose moving on from there you've got five thousand people a primarily in reikers in the New York jail system new York's legal aid society compiled code nineteen infection rates in New York jails with stark findings they calculated infection rate of almost four percent three point nine one percent eight times higher than New York City more than nine times higher than the hard hit Lombardy region in Italy team along the lead attorney and legal aides criminal defense practice said in a statement stop sending people to Ryker's and let these new Yorkers out immediately anything else is too little too late on we talk about social distancing and how that saves lives how do you social distance in jail it's impossible to social distance in jail it also is not releasing people I was in on a technical violation and I asked him what then thirty days in prison I had it not been for the people at NYU and although groups who live basically came up and like full for me I wouldn't be I'm now talking to Amy also it's like what they're doing they're like kind of like finally violating guys due process because they basically suspended hearings court hearings in general but they also suspended parole hearings so that being said that if you were able to get out on or have the possibility of getting out just to do actual due process of court NASA spend it so you're just sitting there and you know the issue is is like you have guys who already like pleading pleading guilty or took a sentence for a parole violation and since like say they're offering like drug programs or things to that extent the drug programs along the holding or US seven guys to come in I mean violation of the eighth amendment essentially sentencing people to death for misdemeanors cruel and unusual punishment is definitely is and you don't have the opportunity to basically social distance or have the opportunity to quarantine yourself from others and he is speaking more directly to what you asking that my bed was less than three feet away from another man's bad this is impossible to social distance yourself in general the only thing you could possibly do is just wash your hands and hope for the best and how much access you have to water how much access do you have to soap the word in the New York state prison that prisoners were making what was called New York clean in the pure aloe the problem with not being able to get PRL and selling it outside to people what sixty percent alcohol meant that people in the prisons we're not allowed to use the very thing they were making to sell outside yeah and not only that out I didn't see any hand sanitizer at all whatsoever throughout my whole time and I've been in three different facilities sold that's completely like I don't know where you know if it's there for us I want to bring in Jose Saldana director of rap that's releasing aging people in prison you were released from prison several years ago after serving almost forty years and for parole board denials your recent piece in USA today headline clemency is needed for incarcerated new Yorkers vulnerable to corona virus we watch Mariota we watch governor Andrew Cuomo is press briefing every day it's broadcast by so many of the networks it's kind of like a fireside chat and the old fear a laborious days and he is being hailed as you know person of great compassion really laying out the facts but he is rarely asked about the prisoners of New York talk about what's happening and what your demand is has excelled on well first of all governor Cuomo has handled this crisis where where warlike preparations are and they may be commendable but unfortunately for those who are incarcerated especially the elderly and those with underlying conditions he has totally ignored their plight he has totally ignored that under his watch hundreds maybe thousands and Costa Rica L. this one guy because he failed to act he has a moral obligation to view this crisis from a humanistic lands where he has to be costly all the health experts agree that in a prison setting that is breeding grounds for this virus decosta ratio is the only solution to stopping the spread of this virus and he has yet to listen to the experts so talk about the problem particularly Hasay of aging prisoners four engine people in prison dole stricter and all bar experience a health questions just about every day of their lives for years and decades says standard healthcare is definitely taken its tolls in New York state prisons now comes the deadly virus to check people who are most vulnerable is that not only in prison in our society for Bravo to call mall not to address this particular issue where the health conditions are just horrendous for the most part and now with this deadly virus that's going to create have catastrophic consequences we we know we have to look at this from a humanistic brands not from a regal perspective but just by looking at people who are incarcerated as human beings and we're talking about the elders who have already languish in prison for three to four decades they are the ones that have transformed a generation of younger incarcerated men and women for decades we must look at them for what they're worth and they have already demonstrated they hear my words to us I'm a man just died at saying saying of cove it nineteen his name was Juan Muscat OO you were inside you were behind bars who say during other infectious disease outbreaks whether it was five stars whether it was well why don't you tell us what happened inside well the problem with the department of corrections that day every single health crisis that we have been impacted by imprisoned there dressed it with punitive measures all punitive measures the hand sanitizer here they are addressing at a pandemic health crisis and they have incarcerated people making hand sanitizer that they are forbidden to have now unfortunately return phone calls and emails from those incarcerated and they're explaining the situation every every just about every Max Meissner New York state the people are concerned the families of concern that they are being forgotten they are telling us about people who are visibly sick being the last six call one must grow within our state well he died in his cell when the whole presence of Brandon lactic Colby in fiscal is being suspended when they need it the most parents are forced to just rang within days they'll fix and getting sicker and sicker until they die the same.

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