Fix The Inhumane Conditions in the Upper Marlboro Detention Center

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My name is Roxane J., and I’m demanding that current County Executive Rushern Baker address the conditions in the Upper Marlboro Detention Center and hold the local department of corrections director, Mary Lou McDonough accountable.

Michael was arrested and wrongfully charged with a crime that he did not commit. The Department of Corrections is using jail to pressure him to plead guilty to something he didn't do. The wrongful yet systematic incarceration of Black people in this country has weakened our community for decades; it’s slavery by another name. This system is causing Michael and others like him, to be jailed while waiting for their case to come to trial. The scary thing is, this is the same thing that happened to Kalief Browder. He didn’t want to plead guilty to a crime that he didn’t commit, so this system took his life away in so many ways. I don’t want that to be the case for my brother or anyone. My heart is broken and a part of me is being held in the Upper Marlboro Detention Center, Upper Marlboro, Maryland with my brother. It is important that we take a stand against this type of abuse from the criminal injustice system so that others in our community do not fall victim to this type of pain and torture.

When I last spoke with Michael he told me about issues with the sewage system including sewage and feces backed up in the basement, that inmates were unable to get their laundry done and visits were cancelled because of the potential health issues.

My brother still has to suffer in these conditions. No one, regardless of conviction, deserves this.

Stand in solidarity to demand County Executive Rushern Baker address the conditions in the Upper Marlboro Detention Center and hold the local department of corrections director, Mary Lou McDonough accountable.

In Solidarity,

 

 

 

Rev. Roxane Blanchard Johnson, LCPC