April 24, 2020

Prisons + COVID-19 = Death Press Conference Excerpts

A coalition of advocates and community members hosted a coordinated statewide virtual press conference, noise demonstrations, and car caravans outside two state prisons and the Governor’s mansion to call on Governor Cuomo to grant immediate clemencies to incarcerated New Yorkers vulnerable to COVID-19. Today we air excerpts of the press conference with speakers outside of Bedford Hills, a women’s prison in Westchester County, Otisville Correctional Facility, where at least on person has already died of COVID-19 and starting here in Albany at the Governor’s Mansion with Thomas Kearny of RAPP Campaign.

That last speaker was Mark Shervington from RAPP Campaign. Other speakers included in this except are
Albany Speakers:
Thomas Kearny, RAPP Campaign
Jolene Russ, Family member of currently incarcerated person
TeAna Taylor, Family member of currently incarcerated person

Bedford Hills:
Latisha Morris, Columbia Center for Justice

Otisville Speaker:
Barbara Sarah, Penpal and friend of someone at Otisville
Mark Shervington, RAPP Campaign

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