Disease can spread quickly in prisons. In this special conversation from Uncuffed, the men of Solano Prison share their thoughts on the global coronavirus pandemic, and what it would mean if it came inside.
“I’m forced to be in there with the men. So if one infestation comes in from one source… everybody’s gonna get it because they’re gonna shut the door and now I’m forced to have to breathe all the air in there.”
This conversation with the Uncuffed producers at Solano was recorded on Friday, March 13.
Find the latest information on how California state prisons are responding to the coronavirus on their COVID-19 preparedness page. That page also includes a count of confirmed cases among staff and incarcerated people.
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KALW’s radio training program in California prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producer’s fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.
Write to the Uncuffed producers at Solano State Prison:
Level 3 Education / Media Lab
P.O. Box 4000
Caged and defenseless against a pandemic with no cure, inmates face the threat with no protection. Innocent or guilty, black, white, or brown, should they be treated humanely or worse than animals in shelters? Many are denied parole long after they have served their sentence. In addition, according to a study by the U. S. Sentencing Commission, “data from 2012 to 2016, black men serve sentences that are on an average of 19.1 percent longer than white men for similar crimes.” The racial disparity cannot be attributed to a history of violence, according to a study by the commission, an independent bipartisan agency that is a division of the U.S. federal judiciary system. “Violence in an offender’s criminal history does not appear to contribute to the sentence imposed” except as it may factor into a score under sentencing guidelines, the study said. https://www.ussc.gov/research/research-reports/demographic-differences-sentencing …When accounting for a personal history of violence, black men received sentences on the average of 20.4 percent longer than white men, according to the commission’s analysis of fiscal year 2016 data. (No other year available).
The Sentencing Project, a non-profit independent party, found that black men are nearly six times as likely as white men to be incarcerated and Hispanic men are 2.3 times as likely. The U.S. has more men in prison than any country and the numbers continue to rise. Even more heinous, judges are permitted to enhance an inmate’s sentence based on “facts determined by their own judgement”. According to 2015 data, cited by The Sentencing Project, 1 in every 10 black men in their 30’s is incarcerated.
Beyond the survival instinct that gives every inmate a flicker of hope, there is the deadly knowledge that despite news reports, there is a conspiracy to keep them caged. Growing numbers of Covid and lack of standard safety precautions create fear in the recesses of their minds. In good conscience, can we do nothing? Legislation changes will take longer than the virus to run its course. How do we save these men?
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