Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Common’s #WeMatterToo Campaign Urges Early Jail Releases Amid Pandemic (Video)

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Common tours a jail facility

*On Wednesday, Common’s criminal justice reform organization Imagine Justice launched a campaign with dozens of advocacy and activist groups to raise awareness of the threat that coronavirus poses on millions of incarcerated men, women and youths in the U.S.

“It’s a troubling time for them,” Common said, “because they are the people who usually are overlooked.”

The campaign, dubbed #WeMatterToo, calls on authorities to immediately release people who have served the vast majority of their sentences, especially those with existing health conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Although state and local correctional facilities have already released thousands of inmates due to the pandemic, the campaign also calls on governments to pay for testing and housing for inmates after they are set free.

Watch the promo below, or click here to view on Billboard.com.

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