This weekend, the first incarcerated individual in a Washington prison tested positive for COVID-19. As this pandemic continues to spread across Washington and the nation, Governor Inslee must take action to prevent an outbreak in Washington prisons and jails. Disability Rights Washington and the ACLU of Washington have submitted a proposed executive order to the Governor, calling on him to use his executive power to protect people working and living in these settings.
The COVID-19 pandemic is the most urgent public health crisis in recent history. The Centers for Disease Control have issued guidance for social distancing and self-quarantining to help mitigate this crisis. But, in Washington’s prisons and jails, this guidance is impossible to adhere to.
Click here for more information about what DRW is doing to assist people in Washington prisons and jails during the COVID-19 pandemic.