September 10, 2020 — Letter

The COVID-19 outbreak has overwhelmed many public systems, and the correctional
system is no different. Prisons and jails have become breeding grounds for infection with
people crowded into tight quarters, forced to share cells and showers, and denied
necessary hygiene products. But in addition to the grave risk of infection that can only
effectively be addressed by depopulating prisons, incarcerated people now face isolation
from their families.