Failed presidential hopeful Kamala Harris urged the federal government to release “low-risk” inmates from prisons to avoid potential Coronavirus outbreaks in jails and detention centers across the country.
“Harris, a onetime Democratic presidential hopeful, sent a letter on Thursday to Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Michael Carvajal arguing that the close quarters prisoners live in – paired with the strict measures the BOP is taking distance inmates from the public – makes them particularly susceptible to the COVID-19 virus,” reports Fox News.
“In the midst of this crisis, BOP should be taking reasonable steps to reduce the incarcerated population and guard against potential exposure to coronavirus,” Harris said. “At this time, BOP—in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice — can and should request the release of low-risk individuals who are in pretrial detention because of money bail.”
“But instead, it appears that BOP is responding to the threat of coronavirus with extreme measures that both maintain current levels of incarceration and penalize the incarcerated community— including by suspending social and legal visitation, suspending inmate facility transfers, and potentially locking down institutions,” she added.
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Source: Fox News
AOC: Virus Relief Must Include Universal Income, Medicaid Expansion, Mortgage Suspension, Paid Leave, More…
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued her list of priorities in any potential Coronavirus relief package Tuesday; saying the proposal must include programs like Universal Basic Income (UBI), Medicaid expansion, and more.
“This is unacceptable. Trump is using this public health crisis as an opportunity to push tax cuts and corporate bailouts. This is an emergency. We need to help vulnerable people & small biz now w/ paid leave, extended unemployment, UBI, Medicaid expansion,&mortgage suspensions,” she posted on Twitter.
Expanding small biz loans is an acceptable consideration- but we must avoid allowing this crisis to put millions of people in insurmountable debt.
Checks to people are good and I applaud the proposal, but it’s not enough. But we need payment suspensions to get people through.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 17, 2020
“Expanding small biz loans is an acceptable consideration- but we must avoid allowing this crisis to put millions of people in insurmountable debt. Checks to people are good and I applaud the proposal, but it’s not enough. But we need payment suspensions to get people through,” she added.
BREAKING REPORT: San Francisco Counties Ordered to ‘Shelter in Place,’ Residents Directed to Stay Home
Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will reportedly be under a “Shelter in Place” emergency order starting Tuesday morning; shuttering most businesses and asking those in the region to stay home.
“Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will be placed under a shelter-in-place directive by public health officials in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals said Monday. It’s a move that will close virtually all businesses and direct residents to remain at home,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“Goethals said he believed that the order, to be issued Monday afternoon, will put the six counties on perhaps the most restrictive public health footing anywhere in America since the outbreak of the potentially deadly coronavirus,” adds the newspaper.
BREAKING NEWS: Six Bay Area counties including San Francisco to mandate "shelter in place" at midnight, shuttering all non-essential workers. Grocery stores, banks, hospitals to remain open. Restaurants take-out only. Updates at https://t.co/dJjteWc53X. https://t.co/rB8VdmUmU2
— Heather Knight (@hknightsf) March 16, 2020
San Francisco ordered to shelter in place due to coronavirushttps://t.co/S5979DzILq
— SFGate (@SFGate) March 16, 2020
The counties include San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda.
“Staying home is the best thing that we can do right now,” said Goethals.
“I haven’t heard anybody taking it more seriously,” Goethals said, “and I just hope that it’s not too late.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.