Action demanded to protect inmates from coronavirus

The Nevada Dept. of Corrections (NDOC) has a press release about how they are conducting the prison system during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find it here.

Meanwhile, the ACLU Nevada has taken action to draw more attention to the people in prison, who are in a vulnerable position right now because of the contageousness and potential deadlyness of the disease. Nevada Cure was among the groups who endorsed the letter sent to Governor Sisolak and other officials on March 27th. In the letter special actions are mentioned that can be taken “to reduce the COVID-19 exposure of government officials, those in the care of our prisons and jails, and the entire state.”

The press release can be found here:

State Leaders Must Act to Protect Incarcerated Nevadans from COVID-19 (3-27-2020) (this is the press release by ACLU, NV Cure, et al.)

It was taken over in the Pahrump Valley Times, April 3rd, 2020:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is one of six organizations that sent a letter to Gov. Steve Sisolak and other leaders outlining specific actions that should be taken to reduce the COVID-19 exposure of those in the care of our prisons and jails.

Organizations that joined the ACLU in signing onto the letter include the NAACP, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Nevada CURE and the Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center.

Read more here.

Read more from the ACLU about the COVID-19 pandemic in Nevada’s prisons here:

Don’t Neglect Nevada’s Incarcerated Youth in COVID-19 Response (3-26-2020)

Living with COVID — in an Immigration Jail (3-25-2020)

The Prison Policy Initiative has an article on “Five ways the criminal justice system could slow the pandemic” (3-27-2020)

The Justice Collaborative is tracking the “Impact of Covid-19 on our criminal legal and immigrant detention systems“. In this comprehensive report they also include a factsheet for Practices for Prisons and Jails, as well as Decarceral Guidelines.