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Prison conditions, decarceration, and mutual aid in the age of COVID-19

American Friends Service Committee - Michigan Criminal Justice Program

Carceral State Project

A white paper written by American Friends Service Committee - Michigan Criminal Justice Program and Carceral State Project at the University of Michigan presents an evidence-based case for decarceration as the only humane and meaningful response to the COVID-19 pandemic in prison. It includes an overview of the relationship between prisons and public health, details about the current conditions inside Michigan prisons, recommendations for policy changes that must be implemented, examples of compassionate approaches to communal care, and evidence that our elected officials are culpable for the deaths of dozens of people in prison. The accounts of current prison conditions are drawn from over 280 pages of documentation including JPays, phone calls, and letters from those who have survived COVID-19 while incarcerated.

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