Emergencies Happen. Plans Save Lives.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a matter of life and death in the nation’s prisons and jails: the lack of emergency management plans in case of public health, environmental, and other crises.

In response, JLUSA launched the #JustUs Campaign — a nationwide call for policymakers to decarcerate the United States by adopting a series of recommendations which were developed in collaboration with formerly incarcerated individuals, along with legal and public health experts.

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One positive outcome of the #JustUs Campaign has been the re-introduction of federal legislation by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). 

The Correctional Facility Disaster Preparedness Act would require the Bureau of Prisons to take measures to ensure the health and safety of people in federal prisons during disasters declared by the President.

Live with #JustUs

Throughout the year, JLUSA has hosted several livestreams discussing the #JustUs campaign, centering around topics such as health inequity toward incarcerated individuals, person-first language, the impact of incarceration on family members, and many more.

Thank you to our Subject Matter Experts and 1200+ Signatories

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