Authorities were not protecting the rights of vulnerable people inside the city’s jail, who are at risk of getting the coronavirus (COVID-19).
They argued that Miami’s Metro West Detention Center was risking lives through neglect, so they took action - and now it’s paid off in a really big way!
They WON as part of their campaign to #FreeThemAll! A judge ordered the jail system to “provide soap and cleaning supplies to those behind bars, ensure social distancing and explain what steps are being taken to protect already sick inmates.”
But the work doesn’t stop there.
Their campaign is targeting officials who refuse to care for people at risk in prisons in Florida, Detroit, MI, St. Louis, MO, and East Baton Rouge, LA.
People in other cities can call on state government officials to release people immediately and share #FreeThemAll on social media. This is crucial!
Black people, disproportionately targeted by the police, are already suffering from the pandemic in ways that highlight health disparities. We have to make sure all our people are good inside and outside of prisons.
This victory is a reminder of the work we all need to be doing!