'Severe inhumanity': California prisons overwhelmed by Covid outbreaks and approaching fires

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'Severe inhumanity': California prisons overwhelmed by Covid outbreaks and approaching fires

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This Tweet and article concern the conditions inmates in California's prisons are experiencing. First they had to deal with Covid-19 and figure out how to slow the spread of the disease within overcrowded facilities where social distancing is impossible and mask wearing presents its own set of issues. Second incarcerated people are living in a near constant state of lockdown, visitation and even communication with family and friends is gone. Third they are facing the threat of wildfires within a few miles of several prisons causing the people inside the buildings to breath air filled with smoke. To add insult to injury the state of California uses prison labor to fight these same fires.
This article illustrates how we as a society treat those most at risk among us. Even those in a correctional facility for the terminally ill in hospice care are not being evacuated.

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This item was submitted on August 29, 2020 by Chris Twing using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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