Release all non-violent inmates at federal prison “camps” to help fight COVID-19.
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Release all non-violent inmates incarcerated at federal prison “camps” in order to utilize these much needed facilities as hospitals for COVID-19 - “Coronavirus” - patients.
As COVID-19 is spreading rapidly and unchecked throughout the United States, government officials are scrambling to locate facilities to house the, at least, tens of thousands of expected patients that will be affected by the virus.
However, there are facilities available, already built with available beds in almost every state.
I can hear you saying “Wait, what?” What are these places?”
The places are federal prison camps, minimum security facilities used to house the lowest designation of inmates, and are comprised mainly of non-violent drug offenders, doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc.
Two questions you may be asking yourself: a) What is a non-violent drug offender? And b) Where are these facilities?
A non-violent offender is characterized as someone charged with a crime not involving the use or threat of force towards another person. Most non-violent crimes are those that involve some variety of property damage such as theft, simple drug possession, white collar crime or cyber-crimes.
In the federal system alone, roughly 15% of non-violent inmates reside at these camp. That translates to roughly 33,150 inmates and or for our purposes 33,150 BEDS. These beds are readily available.
Where exactly are these facilities? In almost every state.
For instance, the Federal Prison Camp in Lewisburg, PA could house over 500 patients - again 500 BEDS.
The Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virgina - a facility that houses non-violent WOMAN offenders could house 1,000 patients – again another 1,000 BEDS.
How about using a prison building that isn’t being used?
Does that exist? Yes, it does, the Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg in Pennsylvania has the ability to house about 1,500 patients, yet again, another 1,500 BEDS.
There is no reason to scramble and build makeshift hospitals when facilities already exist. We aren’t the only ones who think non-violent offenders should be released specifically to stop the spread because of COVID-19 – Coronavirus.
Here are some who agree to the release of non-violent offenders during pandemic:
Monday, March 16th, 2020 the Hon. Nathanael Cousins, a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California was asking for the release of non-violent offenders.
March 17, 2020 Gov. Tim Walz (MN) said he was in discussions with public safety and judiciary officials to allow some nonviolent jail inmates out amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the safety of prisons and bonus to have these facilities sign this petition.
March 17, 2020 The Virginia Beach Sheriff Ken Stolle released some nonviolent offenders into home incarceration in response to the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the spread of the virus.
March 17, 2020 Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome joined Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Chief Murphy Paul, in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana safety officials are planning to release some offenders early and are waiting on judge and DA approval to help alleviate the jail population. Additionally, the sheriff's office is no longer booking people for misdemeanors.
Releasing these incarcerated non-violent offenders helps us in two ways :
1. Slows the spread of COVID-19 due to the tight living quarters
2. Provides States with facilities to use as hospitals
Tell President Trump to release Non Violent offenders.
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