Maryland prisoners contact community group about prison conditions amid pandemic

Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 19:01:19-04

A number of people incarcerated at North Branch Correctional Facility in Cumberland have contacted activists with the People's Power Assembly in regards to prison conditions during COVID-19.

According to those individuals, "the conditions they are currently experiencing at NBI are no less than horrific."

Their demands include but are not limited to:

  1. Unlimited testing for all individuals incarcerated in prisons managed by the Maryland Department of Corrections;
  2. Immediate transfer of all prisoners experiencing symptoms to an infirmary or a local hospital;
  3. Unlimited and immediate access for all prisoners in DOC facilities to showers, soap, and hand sanitizer;
  4. The immediate installation of hand-washing stations on every cell block in every prison in the state of Maryland, and access to those stations for all prisoners.
  5. The public release of a COVID-19 safety plan by the Maryland DOC.