Today’s highly interesting read (03/24/20): FORGET SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT’S HAPPENING IS CRIMINAL

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Last week the ACLU of Wisconsin wrote a letter to Gov. Evers and said on its website, “Wisconsin officials should heed public health experts’ advice and immediately release individuals in detention who are at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19… In the letter, they are asking to ensure that system actors are responding to recommendations put forth by public health experts, specifically calling for the immediate release from prisons and jails of communities identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as vulnerable, as well as people currently in pretrial detention, to prevent a public health crisis.”

From the WI State Journal:

Starting Monday, Gov. Tony Evers  (halted) all new admissions into Wisconsin’s prisons in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“This is part of our efforts to stop the spread of the virus and help keep staff and the people in the state’s care safe,” said Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Evers’ office.

Under the order, any defendant who is sentenced to prison will be held in a county jail instead of being transferred to one of DOC’s more than 30 prison facilities across the state.

Although the emergency order could help prevent an inmate from bringing COVID-19 into a prison, it might also put extra pressure on county jails, including potential overcrowding

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said there were “absolutely no conversations” with county sheriffs about the impact the order will have on county jails. The Dane County Jail was notified of the change via email at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

“It’s really got sheriffs really upset,” Mahoney said. “It’s just very frustrating — as we’re trying to keep our own institutions healthy while we continue to hold prison inmates for the Department of Corrections — that we were not involved in at least a conversation about the need to find a collaborative solution.

Today’s read is from Christine Flowers, a Philadelphian who practices immigration law. A brief excerpt:

I got an email from the ACLU the other day. The email was a request to sign on to a petition that would urge President Trump and our nation’s governors to empty the prisons. They wanted “communities that are the most vulnerable to COVID-19” to be protected. They wanted defendants released back onto the streets, or at the very least, out of custody.

There are a few problems with this proposal…

You can read the entire column here.




6 thoughts on “Today’s highly interesting read (03/24/20): FORGET SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT’S HAPPENING IS CRIMINAL

  1. That puts the community at risk as we know that most likely the majority of these people have a pattern of criminal behavior and many have been in and out of the system. Many do not have a support system so if they are on drugs they will return to that. Robbing, stealing, breaking and entering..whatever to get that money for drugs or selling drugs and harming others. Also using other peoples needles. Spreading the disease. Others who are in jail for assualt or abuse will get out and go right back to the home of the victim they attacked before. This puts women and children at risk. What about those who’ve been picked up on weapons charges. Should they be out on the street?? Car jackers?? You have to draw a line at some point. Cant to take the worst of the offenders and spread them out….a few empty cells better them. 23 hr lock up. Where you can control and supervise their movement. Let them go outside a few at a time. Enough to get some fresh air. Walk around and exercise. They are in jail for a reason. You can not put the rest of law abiding citizens at risk! They are a public threat. Also our jail system need to do better with drug rehabilitation programs. Putting them In a cell and letting them go cold turkey doesn’t fix the problem that’s inside their head or heart. Something they may have suffered growing up, abuse, rape, depression, feeling worthless, or growing up in a dysfunctional family..things of that nature. You have to help fix what’s broken inside so they have a better chance at success when their jail sentence is over. Teach them how to deal with problems. To save money, fill out applications for employment,
    find out if they can read, write, do they have much education or barley barely educated. Lack of education can make them feel inadequate and a failure like they’ll never get in anywhere in life. So why try. They just stick with what th err y know. Take the easy way out. Take from others instead of working for it yourself. There had to be a better program. Better outreach for inmates. Anyway that’s my feeling on the subject.


  2. Like the meme states: “April Fools Day will be cancelled this year as no made up prank could match the unbelievable crap we are hearing from the mouths of liberal kooks, especially concerning the pandemic and prisons.


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  4. Setting aside the obvious problem of releasing convicted felons into the general population, this is like saying “the elderly are at higher risk of getting this virus. Therefore, all elderly people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities need to be placed in the general population to “protect them” from the virus.”

    Isn’t where they (the prisoners) are already more “shelter in place” than is even possible in the general population? How much more “protected” can they get?


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