JCRC Directors: Requested Action on the COVID-19 Emergency in State Prisons and Jails

by tgilden

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) urges the Jewish community relations field to advocate with their governor and state and local officials to urgently address the growing COVID-19 emergency in prisons and jails. With every hour of inaction, the human tragedy mounts.

JCPA has put together a set of recommendations for you to share with your elected officials. They focus on three areas: reducing the number of people who are incarcerated, providing resources to jails and prisons for those who cannot be released, and eliminating, or at least suspending, the barriers to benefits and services. For detailed recommendations that have been prepared by JCPA and our national coalition partners, click here. 

What You Can Do

We urge the Jewish community relations network to weigh in with your officials at the state and local levels. Recognizing the potential catastrophe facing incarceration facilities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, JCPA and our partners in the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition and Justice Roundtable encourage you to join us in advocating for emergency practices at the state and levels for those most at risk.

As part of JCPA’s Criminal Justice Initiative, we are working closely with our partners to monitor the emergency situation in prisons and jails across the U.S. due to COVID-19. It is especially crucial during this pandemic that the Jewish community advocate both nationally and locally for this vulnerable population and bolster the influence of movements led by impacted communities calling for change.

Here are the current action requests:

JCPA is interested in what actions you take in your community. Please let Tammy Gilden know if you took action or have any questions or need assistance. Thank you for taking action!

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