Remember those who are in prison

Email your members of Congress to let them know that you support the health and well-being of incarcerated people.

Background: COVID-19 has exacerbated the vulnerabilities of certain populations, including people who are incarcerated. Social distancing and hand washing are difficult to implement in jail or prison, as cells are often crowded and soap must be purchased as a commissary item. Many people cannot afford soap or medical care while incarcerated. 

The COVID-19 stimulus package that passed Congress this week contained some funding for the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for medical care and equipment. More needs to be done.

Urge your members of Congress to ensure that incarcerated people have access to hygiene items such as soap and that the cost of medical appointments is covered. In addition, ask Congress to support the compassionate release of elderly incarcerated people.

Faith reflection: As followers of Christ, we are encouraged to “remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them” (Hebrews 13:3).

Action: Use the form below to send an email to your representative. (Once you fill out your info and click Submit, it will bring up a page with sample text that you can edit). Please take action today and share this with a friend!

Faith statement on COVID-19 and mass incarceration

Call to protect people incarcerated in federal prisons (NPR)