Rep. Bass, CBC Members Host COVID-19 Incarceration Town Hall
"We hosted this event to hear the voices and the suggestions of those being impacted firsthand by this disease on the inside," said Rep. Bass. "When this pandemic hit, we knew immidiately that folks on the inside would be at the most risk. I thank everyone that participated in this call today and look forward to using what we heard today to inform our legislative decisions going forward."
Andrea James - Executive Director, National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
Mikayla Cartwright – Ms. Cartwright’s mother is in custody and she is responsible for her 9-year-old niece. Ms. Cartwright discussed her fears around her mother being in custody during the COVID-19 pandemic.
David Patton - Executive Director and Attorney-in-Chief Federal Public and Community Defenders
Alice Gonzalez - Ms. Gonzalez is a nurse with three loved ones at FCI Elkton, Ohio, where 6 individuals have died of COVID-19.
Ebony Underwood - Founder, We Got Us Now – Ms. Underwood discussed her incarcerated father and highlighted the minimal risks posed by releasing people over 60.