Help For Our Love Ones
Help For Our Love Ones
Why this petition matters
Open letter to the Kenosha County Jail/KCDC,
Coronavirus is here and increasing every day. Other jurisdictions are acting to protect those in their jails from unnecessary risk. Jails and prisons are known to quickly spread contagious diseases due to the nature of confinement, and our county jail is understaffed. Judges and authorities can help the Kenosha County Board and Jail/KCDC determine who can safely be released and under what conditions. Releasing people detained in KCJ/KCDC is the humane thing to do. Many in the Kenosha County Jail/KCDC have not been convicted, adjudicated, or are sitting there simply because they cannot raise the funds to bail out.
The Kenosha County Jail/KCDC needs to IMMEDIATELY:
1. Release anyone incarcerated in Kenosha County Jail/KCDC on a self-recognizance or reduced bond (and not onto electronic monitoring unless mandated by a judge). Anyone with a set bond is already cleared for release pretrial. Keeping them incarcerated just because they can’t afford their set bond is deeply unfair and unethical, especially during this pandemic.
2. Release at-risk people detained in the jail/KCDC who pose little social threat due to their physical and/or medical condition, and work to release as soon as possible all remaining non-violent offenders safely.
3. Provide single-cells any remaining people detained inside of Kenosha County Jail/KCDC to improve their chances of survival in this crisis.
4. Freely provide personal hygiene, cleaning, and sanitation supplies NOW to anyone kept incarcerated. Hand sanitizer and other essential preventative products must be permitted and should not be considered “contraband.” Health care access for anyone remaining in Kenosha County Jail/KCDC must be liberally provided, unfettered and fee free. All people who are incarcerated should be promptly notified of their test results.
If courts remain open, appearances at all non-essential criminal court dates must be waived to avoid unnecessary travel and social contact. All in-person pretrial check-ins or other mandated appearances (such as drug testing) should also be waived or done by phone). Cancellation of court dates should not delay anyone’s release from Kenosha County Jail/KCDC.
Coronavirus is an immediate safety issue and threat to our loved ones and community members detained in KCJ/KCDC as well as it’s staff, and we, the undersigned, demand that the Kenosha County Jail/KCDC take these actions now to protect them: Sincerely Yours Brandy Jones