An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (AR only)

Cummins Prison

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The conditions for inmates in Cummins Prison are inhumane. There are reports in the New Yorker Magazine of nurses and staff shredding requests for healthcare. An inmate was shot in the face with a rubber bullet for trying to turn on a ceiling fan to circulate air in sweltering, virus-laden barracks. The reports of virus conditions at Cummins on the Governors press conference were manipulations at best, but more likely deliberate deceptions of the public hiding the desperate conditions of inmates such as sleeping in over-crowded barracks with beds only 3 feet apart, lack of distancing at meals, little fresh air, being forced to risk their lives getting to close to each other to avoid being disciplined for not doing their unpaid jobs. Forcing inmates into a crowded trailer to work on the hoe-squad when the virus is running rampant is negligent, and deaths have resulted. While the governor says this is "not factual," he offers no reports on efforts to improve the conditions in Cummins. This deliberate violation of human rights must stop. Using for profit companies and slave labor to run prisons is abhorrent. It is your responsibility as leaders in our state to investigate fully and prosecute those whose deliberate negligence has caused these senseless deaths.

First sent on June 18, 2020 by Jacqueline

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