Posted: March 26, 2020
Criminal-justice reform experts have been warning for weeks: Prisons and jails will become deadly COVID-19 vectors, creating an urgent humanitarian crisis, if officials do not take immediate action to reduce incarcerated populations.
More than two million people are currently incarcerated across the U.S. -- and the crisis is already beginning.
Inmates and guards alike are testing positive for coronavirus at federal and local facilities from California to New York. Fearing the coming pandemic, nine women escaped from a South Dakota jail and two terrified Alabama inmates threatened to commit suicide with homemade nooses.
In Matthew 25, Jesus tells us that when we care for the sick and for those in prison, we care for him. We might be social distancing, but we can still practice social solidarity by demanding our leaders slow the spread of COVID-19 in America's prisons.
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