Letter from a Region in My Mind

From 1962: “Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.” By James Baldwin - November 10, 1962 - from The New Yorker James Baldwin, New York, September 17, 1946.Photograph by Richard Avedon / © the Richard Avedon Foundation Take up the White Man’s burden—Ye dare not … Continue reading Letter from a Region in My Mind

Virus Raged at City Jails, Leaving 1,259 Guards Infected and 6 Dead

Correction officers in New York City live in fear of bringing the virus home to families. They say the city has not protected them. From The New York Times By Jan Ransom May 20, 2020 For one Rikers Island correction officer, the low point came when he and his wife were both extremely sick with the … Continue reading Virus Raged at City Jails, Leaving 1,259 Guards Infected and 6 Dead

Black female inmates and COVID-19: Medically compromised, vulnerable and neglected

“Women’s needs are obscured in ways that have real consequences … ” An inmate reads a book while in the infirmary at Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility in Santee, Calif., on April 22, 2020.Sandy Huffaker / AFP via Getty Images April 24, 2020 - By Nick Charles for NBCNews.com Coronavirus outbreaks have transformed prisons into hot … Continue reading Black female inmates and COVID-19: Medically compromised, vulnerable and neglected

Coronavirus Cases Are Spreading Rapidly on Rikers Island

Soap and space are still in short supply as at least 231 incarcerated people and 223 staff members test positive for COVID-19. By JULIA CRAVEN - APRIL 02, 2020 - for SLATE An aerial view of the Rikers Island prison in New York City.Debra L. Rothenberg/WireImage Between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, 47 more incarcerated people … Continue reading Coronavirus Cases Are Spreading Rapidly on Rikers Island

Rikers Island Inmates Offered $6 Per Hour to Dig Mass Graves as COVID-19 Deaths Rise

And at the New York City jail, 167 inmates and 137 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus so far.  BY LUKE DARBY - March 31, 2020 - from GQ Photo: David Dee Delgado In a speech on Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease official in the country, said there are "glimmers" that social distancing is slowing … Continue reading Rikers Island Inmates Offered $6 Per Hour to Dig Mass Graves as COVID-19 Deaths Rise

‘Disaster waiting to happen’: Thousands of inmates released as jails and prisons face coronavirus threat

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/ice-detainees-threaten-suicide-stage-protests-over-coronavirus-fears/2020/03/25/8232738e-0b1e-4fdb-8538-456e269a8eb7_video.html By Kimberly Kindy and Dalton Bennett - The Washington Post - March 25, 2020 Amid fears that the coronavirus will carve a deadly path through prisons and jails, counties and states are releasing thousands of inmates — New Jersey alone began freeing hundreds of people this week — and the federal prison system is coming under intense pressure to take … Continue reading ‘Disaster waiting to happen’: Thousands of inmates released as jails and prisons face coronavirus threat