Act NOW to stop the racist federal prison lockdown!
Please send the letter below to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to demand an end to the national lockdown and for measures to be taken to responsibly address the current pandemic and social unrest
The Alliance for Global Justice condemns the Bureau of Prison’s first federal prison lockdown in 25 years--its response to a wave of civil unrest around issues of racial injustice gaining traction within our federal prisons. The national prison lockdown swiftly placed into effect on June 1 days after the murder of George Floyd speaks to the BOP’s concerns about a nationwide uprising against racial injustice making its way into one of the largest institutions of race and class oppression: the prison system.
Before the full-fledged lockdown, federal prisons had already been operating under what staff and union officials have called a “modified lockdown” to promote social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These “modified operations”, however, have failed to implement basic precautionary measures needed to trace and contain the spread of the virus: prisoners (the disproportionate majority of which are poor people of color) continue to be confined in overcrowded and extremely unsanitary facilities while arrests, imprisonments, and releases without testing have continued throughout the pandemic and have undoubtedly contributed to the spread of the disease to their communities.