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Nation Inside is a project of Working Narratives, nonprofit arts & social justice organization. Nation Inside is a community of people dedicated to fighting mass incarceration.

Mission: To end mass incarceration.

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We're looking for organizations to sign on as endorsers of the #CagingCOVID campaign. Are you part of a group who will s...
11/20/2020
#CagingCOVID: Stopping the Spread Behind Bars | Nation Inside

We're looking for organizations to sign on as endorsers of the #CagingCOVID campaign. Are you part of a group who will sign on? If so, leave a comment below or send us a message.

Find out more here: https://nationinside.org/campaign/cagingcovid-stopping-the-spread-behind-bars/

We're still seeing the numbers of COVID-19 cases increase in jails, prisons and detention centers, among the most vulnerable populations. Stopping this can't wait on the inauguration of a new president. We are raising this as a public health, environmental justice and prisoner solidarity effort. We are applying pressure on government agencies that have the power to push for reducing the amount of incarcerated people as a necessary way to address this pandemic's impact behind bars, along with other measures to improve health and safety.

Here's what we're asking:

1. Endorse the campaign (we'll add your org to the list on the "about" page)
2. Share social media
3. Ask friends and family to sign the petition

Stay tuned for updates and plans for future demonstrations.

Has your life been touched by the threat Covid-19 poses to our prison population? If so, we want to hear about it. Click “add your story” today to share your experience and spread awareness.

"I guess if you speak up, you get consequences," says Tracy, who complained about conditions at Moore Haven Correctional...
11/19/2020
I Spoke Out, And I Don't Know If My Son's Getting Punished For It

"I guess if you speak up, you get consequences," says Tracy, who complained about conditions at Moore Haven Correctional Facility in Florida, where her son was incarcerated. Shortly after writing a letter of complaint, her son was moved to a new facility. Now, she fears that is she speaks out about inhumane treatment of inmates during the pandemic, her son will be punished.

They’re treated like animals in there, and that’s my son in there. I’m not just going to forget about him. He was at Moore Haven, and he called me, and he said, “Mom,” he says, “they’re taking sick people and putting them in with other sick prisoners.”

New report released by COVID-19 Hotline for Incarcerated People (CHIP) reveals rampant medical neglect and abuse in Brow...
11/18/2020
CHIP South Florida

New report released by COVID-19 Hotline for Incarcerated People (CHIP) reveals rampant medical neglect and abuse in Broward County, FL jail. Find the full report and other resources regarding #COVID19 and incarceration by visiting our #CagingCovid campaign on Nation Inside.

https://nationinside.org/campaign/cagingcovid-stopping-the-spread-behind-bars/facts/

For more info on CHIP and their findings check out: https://chipsouthfl.org/

The COVID-19 Hotline for Incarcerated People is an abolitionist group that provides support, resources, and advocacy for people in South Florida jails

Covid does not discriminate between those convicted of a crime or not and neither should we. Nobody deserves to die in a...
11/13/2020
80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime

Covid does not discriminate between those convicted of a crime or not and neither should we. Nobody deserves to die in a cage. We must hold our governments accountable and demand they take action to prevent further deaths inside and out by enforcing CDC guidelines and releasing people now!

"Over 230 people have died from Covid-19 in Texas’s correctional facilities — and in county jails, nearly 80 percent of them were in pretrial detention and hadn’t even been convicted of a crime, according to a new report." (Read more below) #cagingcovid #COVID19 #incarceration

The "devastating human toll" of Covid-19 in Texas’s correctional facilities is revealed in a new report by University of Texas at Austin researchers.

Check our #CagingCovid campaign for updates about COVID-19 in prisons and jails or to share your story about incarcerati...
11/12/2020
Texas prisons, jails worst COVID-19 hotspots of any in US

Check our #CagingCovid campaign for updates about COVID-19 in prisons and jails or to share your story about incarceration during this global health crisis #Covid19 #prisons

A new study shows more Texas jail and prison inmates and staff have been infected and killed by COVID-19 than those of any other state's criminal justice system.

11/12/2020

"We on the outside forget that people who are incarcerated are human...they're not toss away people...they, like our older relatives in nursing homes, are very vulnerable and are dying at a higher rate than people here on the outside world."
Derek Johnson discusses his concerns about the conditions where his brother, Julian Johnson, is incarcerated in Jessup, Maryland, and how he thinks the system needs to change. #Maryland #CagingCOVID #Incarceration #PrisonReform #Prisons

Has your life been touched by the threat Covid-19 poses to our prison population? If so, we want to hear about it. There...
11/07/2020
#CagingCOVID: Stopping the Spread Behind Bars | Nation Inside

Has your life been touched by the threat Covid-19 poses to our prison population? If so, we want to hear about it. There are three ways to share your story, check out our #CagingCovid campaign to stop the spread of the virus in prisons, jails and detention centers and tell us how you've been affected by incarceration and #Covid19 https://nationinside.org/campaign/cagingcovid-stopping-the-spread-behind-bars/storybank/

Has your life been touched by the threat Covid-19 poses to our prison population? If so, we want to hear about it. Click “add your story” today to share your experience and spread awareness.

In an effort to curb the spread of #COVID19 New Jersey is releasing thousands of prisoners under a new law that gives se...
11/06/2020
Tell the DOJ: Investigate and Enforce CDC Guidelines on Covid-19 in Prisons

In an effort to curb the spread of #COVID19 New Jersey is releasing thousands of prisoners under a new law that gives sentencing credit during public health crises to people with less than a year left to serve. (read more...https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/04/us/new-jersey-prisoners-covid-trnd/index.html)

NJ realizes that prisons are incubators for disease and there is no way to safely manage this pandemic without releasing people. This needs to happen everywhere! Sign this petition telling the DOJ to enforce CDC guidelines in prisons and jails across the country and RELEASE PEOPLE in order to curb the spread of the virus and keep all communities safe:
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-doj-investigate-and-enforce-cdc-guidelines-on-covid-19-in-prisons

#cagingcovid #FreeThemAll

Sign this petition demanding both investigation and enforcement action to stop the rampant spread of COVID-19 among prisoners who are unable to socially distance or access proper PPE to protect themselves. There are over 6000 state, local and federal prisons across the United States. Many of them ha...

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
11/03/2020

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

10/27/2020
Formerly Incarcerated person votes for first time

Today, Sharif Moore voted for the first time since his release from prison. Corey Purdie from Home Transitional Network joins him as Moore shares how he felt coming back from prison to a home destoryed by Hurricane Florence and his desire to participate in the political process. Home Transitional Network: 1homeplag.org | [email protected]

10/26/2020
Shoresides

Have you been convicted of a felony or currently incarcerated and want to learn about your eligibility to vote in North Carolina?
You are eligible to register and vote under the following circumstances... #Voting #Election2020 #Vote

Have you been convicted of a felony or currently incarcerated and want to learn about your eligibility to vote in North Carolina?

You are eligible to register and vote under the following circumstances... #Voting #Election2020 #Vote #Incarcerated

If you or a loved one are in prison, you may still obtain a CARES Act stimulus check. If you are eligible, you may need ...
10/22/2020

If you or a loved one are in prison, you may still obtain a CARES Act stimulus check. If you are eligible, you may need to act by November 4, 2020. Please share. https://caresactprisoncase.org

The last photo Jennifer Wren has of her father shows him lying in a cardboard box, waiting for the crematorium.They’d sp...
10/22/2020
Prison deaths continued as COVID stabilized - North Carolina Health News

The last photo Jennifer Wren has of her father shows him lying in a cardboard box, waiting for the crematorium.

They’d spoken just two weeks before.

Another month was passing quickly, and her father Roy Hood, an inmate at Greene Correctional Institution, answered what had become weekly questions about his persistent cough...

‘Somebody dropped the ball.’ A third of all of North Carolina COVID deaths in prisons happened within a month.

Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I c...
10/20/2020
Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me

Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.

Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.

10/16/2020
#CagingCovid

The recent surge in #COVID cases continues to take its toll in prisons and jails where death rates from the virus are doubled compared to outside communities and infection rates quadrupled. Until meaningful action is taken to protect people inside, people outside will not be safe and this senseless loss of life will continue

Sign this petition telling the DOJ to release prisoners and enforce CDC guidelines in prisons and jails in order to curb the spread of COVID-19:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-doj-investigate-and-enforce-cdc-guidelines-on-covid-19-in-prisons

10/16/2020

"My brother had COVID. He is very ill...I couldn't locate him through SCDC. I called every day to find my brother." -Serena Carter

Visit the South Carolina Prison Justice Network campaign page to learn more. nationinside.org/campaign/south-carolina-prison-justice-network
#scprisonjustice #prisonjustice #covid19

Nationally, jails and prisons have seen disproportionate rates of infection and death, with a mortality rate twice as hi...
10/16/2020
Rural Jails Reel as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass 8 Million

Nationally, jails and prisons have seen disproportionate rates of infection and death, with a mortality rate twice as high as in the general population and an infection rate more than four times as high, according to recent data.

In the Mountain West, an outbreak has revealed the danger that the virus poses to jails and rural communities.

10/14/2020

"They barely get food...They barely get to make phone calls. ...Animals get treated better than these guys and women inside of SCDC."

Jasmine, a family member of people incarcerated in South Carolina prisons, asks for help improving conditions of people inside South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC).

Watch this video and visit our South Carolina Prison Justice Network campaign page on the Nation Inside website to learn more about South Carolina, COVID-19, and incarceration.

http://nationinside.org/campaign/south-carolina-prison-justice-network

A week before visitations were slated to reopen at Greene Correctional Institution, a state prison in eastern NC, offici...
10/09/2020
Second prison COVID wave delays visits - North Carolina Health News

A week before visitations were slated to reopen at Greene Correctional Institution, a state prison in eastern NC, officials announced that the novel coronavirus had struck the facility — again.

As county COVID-19 cases rise, prisoners have borne some of the brunt. Six incarcerated people have died in less than a month.

10/08/2020

"They're living in horrendous conditions...Their needs are being neglected by the staff, and sick calls are not being answered. Criminal justice reform is a must."

Watch this video and visit our South Carolina Prison Justice Network campaign page on the Nation Inside website to learn more about South Carolina, COVID-19, and incarceration.

nationinside.org/campaign/south-carolina-prison-justice-network

As prisons continue to see massive #COVID19 outbreaks, the DOJ celebrates a supreme court ruling that strikes down pande...
10/08/2020
Update: Another Wisconsin prison has massive COVID-19 outbreak; more than 300 cases reported

As prisons continue to see massive #COVID19 outbreaks, the DOJ celebrates a supreme court ruling that strikes down pandemic safety orders put in place by governors as unconstitutional for infringing on the rights of the "people" aka the seven businesses who brought the suit (see ruling in comments)

Take a moment to sign this petition telling the DOJ to do their job of protecting people not profits:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-doj-investigate-and-enforce-cdc-guidelines-on-covid-19-in-prisons

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has two simultaneous COVID-19 outbreaks. Both of the prisons have hundreds of active positive cases.

Axon Inc., just one corporation that capitalizes from the suffering and incarceration of people around the globe is succ...
10/05/2020
Axon Ramps Up Sale Of Dart-Fired Tasers To US Prisons And Police Departments Around The World

Axon Inc., just one corporation that capitalizes from the suffering and incarceration of people around the globe is successfully branding their electric dart taser as a covid friendly, hands-off weapon for officers to use against incarcerated people without risking infection. Axon reps express excitement about breaking into this new market as state prison and police departments across the US fork over millions of taxpayers dollars for the new weaponry. Meanwhile, no meaningful measures have been taken to protect incarcerated people from COVID-19 and prisons remain the top hotspots for the virus. We should be demanding more. Follow the link below to sign the petition demanding the DOJ take proper and effective action. #CagingCovid

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-doj-investigate-and-enforce-cdc-guidelines-on-covid-19-in-prisons

Axon Inc., a $6 billion company known for body cameras and “Tasers,” claims to be making “rapid growth” in U.S. prisons and markets abroad.

Doctors at San Quentin prison in CA, the largest COVID-19 hotspot in america, warn that we must reduce incarcerated popu...
10/03/2020
We learned many hard lessons from the tragic COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin prison

Doctors at San Quentin prison in CA, the largest COVID-19 hotspot in america, warn that we must reduce incarcerated populations by releasing people and stopping the flow of people into jails and prisons.

"We cannot protect our patients, the staff and the surrounding communities without systemic accountability and change."

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article245498660.html

“As the virus engulfed the facility, many of those incarcerated opted out of testing,” writes Haiyan Ramirez Batlle and John Grant. | OPINION

An Oklahoma mother shares her concerns about the transfer process of new inmates from other facilities, many of whom are...
09/30/2020
Oklahoma Mother Voices Concerns About Her Son

An Oklahoma mother shares her concerns about the transfer process of new inmates from other facilities, many of whom are infected with the Coronavirus. She worries for her son, whose risk increases with every new intake.

Take action here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-the-doj-investigate-and-enforce-cdc-guidelines-on-covid-19-in-prisons

An Oklahoma mother shares her concerns about the transfer process of new inmates from other facilities, many of whom are infected with the Coronavirus. She worries for her son, whose risk increases with every new intake.

The US sends approximately 600,000 people to prison each year and cycles 4.9 million through its jails. From a recent Ha...
09/29/2020
Incarceration And Its Disseminations: COVID-19 Pandemic Lessons From Chicago’s Cook County Jail | Petrie-Flom Center

The US sends approximately 600,000 people to prison each year and cycles 4.9 million through its jails. From a recent Harvard study on the spread of Covid-19 in Illinois:

"The data suggest that cycling people through Cook County Jail alone is associated with 15.7 percent of all documented COVID-19 cases in Illinois and 15.9 percent of all documented cases in Chicago as of April 19, 2020. Our findings support arguments for reduced reliance on incarceration and for related justice reforms both as emergency measures during the present pandemic and as sustained structural changes vital for future pandemic preparedness and public health."

Full article:
https://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/resources/article/incarceration-and-its-disseminations

by Eric Reinhart and Daniel L. Chen (Student Fellow Alumnus), Health Affairs, June 4, 2020, Jails and prisons are major sites of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Many jurisdictions in the United States have therefore accelerated

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