#FreeAndSafe from COVID-19
Advancement Project National Office and other national civil rights and racial justice organizations are taking legal action to protect people in jails and prisons.
We need your help to pressure local and state governments to do the right thing and release people from jails and prisons, allowing them to safely quarantine and social distance in their homes. Call your local public officials (sheriff’s offices, state’s attorneys, governors, etc.) and demand that they take action before it’s too late!
People sitting in jails and prisons are now facing death due to the inaction of public officials across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. 670,000 people languish in local jails, most of whom have not been convicted of a crime.
During pandemics, jails are ticking time bombs: people are jailed in cramped quarters, cannot practice social distancing and don’t have regular access to soap or adequate health care. Jails and prisons fail to provide sufficient hand soap and alcohol-based sanitizers to the people detained in and working in these settings. Once inside this perfect breeding ground, the virus will rapidly spread, leading to countless illnesses and deaths both in and out of the facility.
If these community residents are not released to their families in the coming days, health care services in jails and prisons will quickly be overwhelmed, leaving a devastating death toll. This death toll won’t only affect those inside once the inadequate health care inside the jail has been pushed to its limits. We must secure the immediate release of people detained inhumanely and now terrified for their lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you live in Detroit, East Baton Rouge, Miami, or St. Louis, Ben & Jerry's is helping you find your local elected officials. Use this tool to call for incarcerated persons to be #FreeAndSafe from COVID-19!
Call Mayor Lyda Krewson:
Tweet at Mayor Lyda Krewson:
Petition to Missouri State Leaders
- April 30—Federal Judge Orders Miami Jail To Follow CDC Guidelines Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
- April 8—Local and National Civil Rights Organizations Win Temporary Restraining Order to Protect the Health of People in Miami Jail Ahead of COVID-19 Outbreak
- April 7—Local and National Civil Rights Organizations Take Legal Action, Urging Miami Jail to Immediately Release People Ahead of Deadly COVID-19 Spread
Take action with Dream Defenders to tell Florida leaders it's time to release incarcerated persons today!
Email to Local Judges
Sample Tweets to State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle
- May 5—Civil Rights Organizations Sue Wayne County Jail for Immediate Release of Vulnerable People Ahead of Deadly COVID-19 Spread
- April 17—Civil Rights Organizations Sue Oakland County Jail For Immediate Release of Vulnerable People Ahead of Deadly COVID-19 Spread
Sign on to our petitions to tell Michigan leaders it's time to release incarcerated persons today.
Petition to Michigan Elected Officials
Petition to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy