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MSNBC 23 Apr 2020

Prison Conditions Key To Controlling Coronavirus Spread In U.S.

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Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, talks with Rachel Maddow about the importance of reducing prison populations and improving sanitation in U.S. prisons not only for the sake of the health of prisoners and prison employees in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, but as part of the broader plan to control the spread of the virus to all Americans. Aired on 4/23/2020.


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Public transportation employees in Germany are attempting to disinfect trains every time one hits its final stop, as the country continues to fight the spread of coronavirus through strict social distancing restrictions.
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Jeffrey Shaman, professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University School of Public Health, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the doubling nature of the spread of coronavirus makes it crucially important to act quickly in the early stages of an outbreak before cases balloon. Aired on 5/21/2020.
The White House has become consumed with containing a potential virus hot spot in its ranks and will now require most officials to wear face masks Aired on 05/11/2020.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced an executive order calling for the release or home confinement of low-risk incarcerated individuals to prevent the spread of coronavirus in prisons.

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WORK IN PRISONS OR ADJACENT TO ALL BECOMPOSTIVE FOR THE VIRUS.
ALL BECOMPOSTIVE FOR THE VIRUS. THAT IS THE PROTRA JEKTRAJECTORY
THAT IS THE PROTRA JEKTRAJECTORY TAKE UNLESS RADICAL STEPS ARE
TAKE UNLESS RADICAL STEPS ARE TAKEN.
TAKEN. IF WE LET EVERYBODY IN JAILS AND
IF WE LET EVERYBODY IN JAILS AND PRISONS GET INFECTED, AND THE
PRISONS GET INFECTED, AND THE STAFF, IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT
STAFF, IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT PRISON STAFF AND PRISONERS, IT
PRISON STAFF AND PRISONERS, IT WILL MEAN WE’LL NEVER GET THIS
WILL MEAN WE’LL NEVER GET THIS EPIDEMIC UNDER CONTROL IN THIS
EPIDEMIC UNDER CONTROL IN THIS COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY.
IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. JOINING US NOW IS ANTHONY
JOINING US NOW IS ANTHONY ROMERO.
ROMERO. I KNOW YOU ARE VERY BUSY RIGHT
I KNOW YOU ARE VERY BUSY RIGHT NOW.
NOW. >> I’M BUSY.
>> I’M BUSY. GREAT TO SEE YOU, RACHEL.
GREAT TO SEE YOU, RACHEL. YOU’RE A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES.
YOU’RE A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES. >> GREAT TO SEE YOU, TOO.
>> GREAT TO SEE YOU, TOO. LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT HOW I
LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT HOW I SUMMED THAT UP ABOUT PRISONS AND
SUMMED THAT UP ABOUT PRISONS AND JAILS.
JAILS. >> YEAH.
>> YEAH. >> I FEEL LIKE IT’S EASY FOR A
>> I FEEL LIKE IT’S EASY FOR A LOT OF AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SAY,
LOT OF AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SAY, WELL, THEY’RE AT?
WELL, THEY’RE AT? YOU GOT IN TROUBLE.
YOU GOT IN TROUBLE. PRISON STAFF AND JAIL STAFF KNOW
PRISON STAFF AND JAIL STAFF KNOW THEY HAVE THAT RISK BUT THERE IS
THEY HAVE THAT RISK BUT THERE IS THIS SITUATION THAT IS A DIRE
THIS SITUATION THAT IS A DIRE NUMBER OF CASES WE’RE SEE INCOME
NUMBER OF CASES WE’RE SEE INCOME THESE FACILITIES AND THE FACT
THESE FACILITIES AND THE FACT THESE WILL BE REST VURCUES FOR
THESE WILL BE REST VURCUES FOR INFECTION.
INFECTION. >> WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE
>> WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT YOU CAN’T WALL THEM OFF AND
FACT YOU CAN’T WALL THEM OFF AND PRETEND LET THE FOLKS DIE BEHIND
PRETEND LET THE FOLKS DIE BEHIND BARS.
BARS. IT’S FIRST INHUMANE, IT’S KRCRUE
IT’S FIRST INHUMANE, IT’S KRCRUE THERE ARE 24,000 PEOPLE THAT
THERE ARE 24,000 PEOPLE THAT WORK IN PRISON AND JAILS.
WORK IN PRISON AND JAILS. THEY ARE NEIGHBORS AND PEOPLE IN
THEY ARE NEIGHBORS AND PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES AND
OUR CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES AND MOSQUES.
MOSQUES. THEY COME IN AND OUT OF THE
THEY COME IN AND OUT OF THE FACILITIES.
FACILITIES. THE SAME CONCERN FOR NURSES AND
THE SAME CONCERN FOR NURSES AND DOCTORS IN THE HOSPITALS WITHOUT
DOCTORS IN THE HOSPITALS WITHOUT PPE, THE SAME CONCERNS WE NOW
PPE, THE SAME CONCERNS WE NOW HAVE FOR THE PRISON GUARDS AND
HAVE FOR THE PRISON GUARDS AND THE WORKERS IN THE PRISONS AND
THE WORKERS IN THE PRISONS AND JAILS AND THEY WILL BECOME THE
JAILS AND THEY WILL BECOME THE VECTORS.
VECTORS. MY NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR MAY VERY
MY NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR MAY VERY WELCOME BACK AND IBSKPAND INFECT
WELCOME BACK AND IBSKPAND INFECT ENTIRE FAMILY BECAUSE HE WORKS
ENTIRE FAMILY BECAUSE HE WORKS IN RIKERS.
IN RIKERS. WE ESTIMATE THIS STUDY THAT WE
WE ESTIMATE THIS STUDY THAT WE RELEASED JUST YESTERDAY
RELEASED JUST YESTERDAY YESTERDAY ESTIMATES WE COULD BE
YESTERDAY ESTIMATES WE COULD BE UNDER ESTIMATING FATALEITYIES BY
UNDER ESTIMATING FATALEITYIES BY 100,000 DEATHS.
100,000 DEATHS. THAT’S NOT JUST PEOPLE DYING
THAT’S NOT JUST PEOPLE DYING BEHIND BARS BUT PEOPLE IN THE
BEHIND BARS BUT PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES DYING BECAUSE THE
COMMUNITIES DYING BECAUSE THE JAILS ARE THE VECTORS FOR THE
JAILS ARE THE VECTORS FOR THE PANDEMIC.
PANDEMIC. 740,000 PEOPLE IN JAIL ANY GIVEN
740,000 PEOPLE IN JAIL ANY GIVEN DAY, ONE PERSON GOES TO JAIL
DAY, ONE PERSON GOES TO JAIL EVERY THREE SECONDS.
EVERY THREE SECONDS. 70% OF THEM ARE NOT EVEN GUILTY.
70% OF THEM ARE NOT EVEN GUILTY. THEY ARE PREADJUDICATION,
THEY ARE PREADJUDICATION, PRETRIAL DETAINEES.
PRETRIAL DETAINEES. AVERAGE DATE OF TIME IN A JAIL,
AVERAGE DATE OF TIME IN A JAIL, 25 DAYS.
25 DAYS. THEY’RE REVOLVING DOORS SO WHEN
THEY’RE REVOLVING DOORS SO WHEN PEOPLE GO INTO JAIL, THEY ARE
PEOPLE GO INTO JAIL, THEY ARE INCARCERATED.
INCARCERATED. THEY ARE HELD THERE.
THEY ARE HELD THERE. THERE IS NO HAND WASHING.
THERE IS NO HAND WASHING. NO SANITIZING.
NO SANITIZING. NO CLEANING OF THE SURFACES AND
NO CLEANING OF THE SURFACES AND NO ESSENTIALDISTANCING.

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