When people get old inside of prison, they’re still supposed to have rights just like anyone else. But authorities are putting their lives at risk! The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique threat to this aging population, and authorities are coming up with BAD solutions.
Allowing the incarcerated elderly to go home helps prisons avoid becoming even larger incubators of the virus that threatens public health. Hundreds of elderly people in prisons around the country have been given compassionate release - but some are avoiding this despite the benefits.
States like New York, that are avoiding compassionate release of elderly prisoners, are not proving the point they think they are. As countless Black elders die and/or have their lives put at risk for nothing, it’s clear this isn’t about safety. If it was, they’d be releasing people!