Eight of the 10 largest outbreaks in the US have been in correctional facilities. Physical distancing is impossible in prisons and jails – they’re not built for it. Walkways 3 feet wide. Bunk beds where you can feel your neighbor’s breath. To compound the issue, incarcerated people are afraid that if they admit they’re sick they will be “put in the hole” (solitary confinement). So they don’t admit when they’re sick.
We learned about these critical issues in our podcast with Brie Williams, Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and Director of Amend, a program to change correctional culture; Adnan Khan, Executive Director of Re:store Justice, a justice advocacy organization; and Eric Maserati-E Abercrombie, a singer/songwriter and filmmaker through First Watch, a media project of currently and formerly incarcerated filmmakers. Adnan and Eric Maserati-E are former residents of San Quentin prison.
Listen here to the podcast.
Mass and static incarceration will not be solved unless we address that which we are most afraid to talk about: violent crime, and/or those serving life sentences. Our mission is to change the way society and the justice system respond to violence and harm. From Proximity to policy.