A mixed media site
spotlighting inhumanities of
America's criminal justice system
exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic
We chronicle their stories:
Those incarcerated in America amidst the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 who are actually innocent, guilty of only minor parole violations, poor and unable to afford bail, overcharged, being unduly pressured to plea, wrongfully convicted, excessively punished, political prisoners, approaching their respective release date, eligible for parole, and/or deserving compassionate furlough.
Most often mentioned in the context of the death penalty, the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishments. An April 27, 2020 Position Statement of Louisiana United International, Inc. (LUI) highlights a similar concept known as the Principle of Proportionality. LUI is a grassroots nonprofit civil, constitutional, and human rights organization. At the time of its referenced position statement, the State of Louisiana and government officials across America were operating as if what might happen if incarcerated people were released warranted exposing them to avoidable risks of COVID-19 infection.
LUI's position statement asserts that "prospects of death unique to being incarcerated during a pandemic (should) account only for risks proportional to past or otherwise confirmed acts prompting, and circumstances of that detention". In other words, the Punishment Should Fit the Crime, and no one was sentenced to endure a potentially deadly COVID-19 infection! Nonetheless, most of the nearly 3 million people America incarcerates remain warehoused in government owned and/or funded facilities that do not comply with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations for correctional and detention facilities. This reality worsens the already unconscionable challenges of advocating for America's incarcerated who are actually innocent, guilty of only a minor parole violation, poor and unable to afford bail, overcharged, being unduly pressured to plea, wrongfully convicted, excessively punished, political prisoners, approaching their respective release date, eligible for parole, and/or deserving some form of furlough. This site chronicles some of their stories.