“When COVID first started, I didn’t hear from him. You don’t know what it feels like to not know if your loved one is alive or dead.”
“It’s impossible to advocate for someone [in court] over the telephone. … Anything you say or your client says is heard by everyone.”
“It’s always helpful to have transparency in reporting data … Especially when we’re dealing with people’s health and safety, and when people are dying.”
“Most prisons and many jails have done very little to reduce the population density that puts both incarcerated people and staff at grave risk.”
To keep people locked up despite the looming threat of coronavirus, officials are claiming prisoners lack community ties. Advocates and family members say that’s not the case.