Formerly incarcerated people call applaud new Bureau of Prisons actions to help stop COVID-19 spread within prisons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 5, 2020

Statement of JustLeadershipUSA President and CEO DeAnna Hoskins

NEW YORK — Today, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General announced the launch of interactive dashboards to help track COVID-19 case trends, testing and pandemic-related deaths within federal prison facilities managed by the Bureau of Prisons.

JustLeadershipUSA President and CEO DeAnna Hoskins issued the following statement in response:

“We applaud Inspector General Michael Horowitz for launching a collection of dashboards that give public access to information about COVID-19 within federal prisons. Readily accessible information is the first step to protecting people detained in federal prison from infection. JLUSA’s #JUSTUS campaign has demanded detailed collection and reporting of COVID-19 data to ensure the lives and safety of incarcerated people.

“The Bureau of Prisons also needs to take additional measures to protect people in custody. Barriers to social distancing, adequate hygiene, PPE and health care must be addressed. For people confined to federal prison, COVID-19 must not equal a death sentence. The federal government has a duty to protect the people in its care — including incarcerated people.”

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Loretta Kane

loretta@caminopr.com

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