Good day my friends. I read an article in the New York Times about the prison population, this got me wondering about the forgotten … the homeless, the undocumented, those imprisoned and those held in detention centers and their risk amidst this COVID-19 pandemic and began to do some checking around.
Of those persons incarcerated according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons 120 inmates and 54 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. (see link for updated statistics).
It is reported that criminal justice and reform groups and some lawmakers have been advocating the early release of some inmates due to the current pandemic and pre-existing conditions.
Attorney General William Barr proposed review for some criminals to be on home quarantine subject to assurance that they would not be spreading the virus into communities.
The bureau have been on social distancing order (14-day lock down, that began April 1st, 2020, inmates have been isolated in their cells.
- All inmates and staff are screened for COVID-19 prior to movement
- All non-essential activities / assignments are suspended
- All essential persons in and out of the facility will be screened
- Any symptoms of COVID-19 will immediately be placed in isolation
- Inmates telephone minutes increased to 500 mins/month
- Absolutely no social visits
- Transfers based on forensic, legal,essential and medical health issues
- Legal visits suspended for 30 days and re-evaluated on a case by case basis
Since undocumented immigrants are well “undocumented” they will not be receiving any monies from the stimulus funds so what do they do?
A few community organizations are trying to help families get through this crisis. They are paying for some groceries or offering small grants so families can remain safe at home during the pandemic.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance have begun a Coronavirus Care Fund as a means of support for domestic workers.
Lobbyists are hard at work trying to have undocumented workers included in the stimulus package.
- For assistance please contact the: Undocumented Workers Fund Dallas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Domestic Workers Alliance online
The Homeless and Mentally Ill
I wondered about the whereabouts of the homeless and “at risk” population in my area?
Where are they? What is happening with them?
I must admit I had not thought of that before today!
I found that they have been staying in the shelters and are being monitored and screened before entry and high traffic areas cleaned once each hour.
The shelters have also identified a “far wing” that can be used for quarantine should it become necessary.
They have also identified a hospital close by where any suspected cases can be sent to.
I have not passed to many persons in the streets as Dallas had always ‘encouraged’ them to see refuge in the shelters.
What’s happening in your Town?
If anyone out there is feeling they cannot cope, please reach out to; National Coalition for Mental Illness and Homelessness and you will be directed to your closest available resources.
- The new COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. Call 1-833-986-1919 to reach a mental health professional.
- Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to text with a trained crisis counselor
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- http://nationalhomeless.org/index.html / Tel#: 202-462-4822