The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dallas County jail continue to grow. As the virus spreads in other jails at a rate that is 77% higher than in the general population, our public officials are still not taking the necessary actions to save the lives of incarcerated people.
On Sunday, March 29, Governor Abbott issued an executive order that will make it even harder for thousands of people in jails to be released. At a time when it is crucial that we affirm no one is disposable, Governor Abbott is using this crisis to push an agenda which will further punish those who are too poor to afford their bail. This does not make us safer but will create more deaths in jails across the state.
It is imperative that our elected officials hear from us to take swift action to:
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