Governor Beshear has taken significant action to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in Kentucky's prisons, but must do more. Click below to ask him to protect incarcerated people, corrections employees, and the communities those employees call home.
Subject: Reducing spread of coronavirus in KY prisons
Thank you for taking significant steps to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in Kentucky prisons. I urge you to continue your bold leadership to protect incarcerated Kentuckians, corrections employees, and the communities those employees call home from the coronavirus. It is especially difficult for incarcerated people to practice health safety measures, such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and frequent sanitization of surfaces and common areas. Please take the following steps to protect these Kentuckians:
- Quickly review more cases and provide further commutations.
- Urge the Parole Board to use its authority to immediately consider parole for some people and automatic release for others.
- Increase safety for all who remain incarcerated or work in detention facilities by conducting widespread testing, providing face masks, enhancing and increasing the frequency of sanitization, and providing ample soap and hand sanitizer.
- Share racial and other demographic information related to decarceration efforts.
- Urge local officials to release people who are held pre-trial, decrease arrests, and adopt the same data sharing, testing, and sanitization measure listed above.
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Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Learn more about this issue from Kentucky Center for Economic Policy here.
View our full list of recommendations and other actions we have taken during the pandemic here.