Justice for Delaware Prisoners

Justice for Delaware Prisoners

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Heather Morris started this petition to Delaware Governor and

Prisoner's rights have been an issue for a long time. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has severely exacerbated these issues.

The Governor has ignored our calls, emails and efforts to speak with him regarding the inhumane treatment of inmates in Delaware’s prisons. Giving ‘no comment’ no longer works when you’re treating people as less than human in the middle of a pandemic. We are going to his office to demand to be heard. Many prisoners and staff are scared of retribution, so it’s up to us to speak out for them. It’s time to expose the terrible conditions in Delaware prisons and treat inmates with the respect and dignity every human deserves. It’s time for Governor Carney to step in and lead, not hide.

DEMANDS:

To ensure the safety of guards and inmates, the families of Delaware inmates incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic make the following Demands to Gov. John Carney:

Proper Medical Care:
Universal testing and PPE must be made mandatory for all guards, staff and inmates. The state must remove the co-pay inmates must pay in order to receive medical care while behind bars. The right to shower must be protected, and not included as part of inmates’ recreation time.

Corrections Officer Accountability:
All reported incidents of abuse must be promptly investigated. Measures should be put in place to prevent retaliation against inmates who report abuse by correction officers. Steps must be taken to put into place a statewide civilian review board.

Transparency:
Publish how and why inmates and guards are deemed to be “recovered.”

Release/Sentence Suspension:
Immediately release those most vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19, including inmates who are elderly and those who have pre-existing medical conditions that make them vulnerable to infection, as well as those who have less than six months in their sentences.

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