Why this petition matters
This petition seeks to lower the number of prisoners through, among other measures, the release of "incarcerated individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19, near the end of their sentence, non-violent offenders, first timers whom will not pose a threat to the public. The Covid19 pandemic has caused a major catastrophe around the world.
As it spreads rapidly and unchecked throughout the United States, government officials are scrambling to locate facilities to house, at least, tens of thousands of expected patients that will be affected by the virus. Prisons are incubators for disease, if we do not act now prisoners will become sick and die and it is largely avoidable.
All that is needed is a simple law change to grant emergency parole to low risk prisoners to reduce coronavirus contagion. This will avoid valid lawsuits based on eight amendment violations for cruel and unusual punishment and denial for adequate health care. Lastly redefine prisoner homes to be “penal institutions” and grant immediate release to home detention. If our prisoners were then sent home with GPS monitoring, they could continue to serve their sentences at their own expense. It should not be a thin line between cost per prisoner vs. the health and well being of a prisoner. The moments were living in now, we have to speak OUT LOUD, so our voices are heard.
- Mayor Becky Ames