PA Prison Pandemic Prevention Plan

PA Prison Pandemic Prevention Plan

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Malaika Williams started this petition to Governor Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania has officially been declared a disaster zone by the President of the United States. It is currently in almost every county,coupled with a rising death toll. As the Coronavirus grows in scale so does the anxiety,fear,and hope of those incarcerated and their loved ones? What is declining is the opportunity and ability to keep PA prisoners safe.

Large numbers of prisoners are in close quarters with one another at all times. Prisoners still cook the food and clean the housing units,so there can never be any real isolation from the virus if it enter into the facility. Additionally, two factors are the most serious.The constant interaction with staff who come from the surrounding areas each day,and the absence of and regular testing until after someone is already sick.With all these factors,it is not a matter of if but when this virus will hit facilities. And once it does it will spread fast and hit hard. Medical services at each of the 24 facilities are not equipped to handle even a fraction of the two thousand prisoners at each facility.

The economic impact on the state would be astronomical.The psychological impact to the prisoners and families could be irreparable. For this reason we urge the Governor,Secretary Wetzel,and the Pennsylvania Department of Parole and Probation to tale the example of their sister states and begin rapid release of any prisoners who are:

•over their minimum sentence,

•6 months free of a misconduct report,and

•have a valid home plan

The DOC and PDPP reserve the right to order prisoners to wear an electronic monitor and self quarantine.we ask you to join us in this petition.

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