by Megan Crepeau
"Jeffrey Pendleton spent much of his adult life in a cell...Warren and his surviving brother, Donnell Todd, have sued Cook County in federal court, alleging that the sheriff’s office violated his rights by shackling him to his hospital bed in his final days.
'You should not even leave a dog chained up all day, not even animals should be chained up all day. He was chained up for days. And sick,' Pendleton said.
'That was an injustice to my brother. First of all he wasn’t convicted, he was a detainee. Awaiting trial, he couldn’t even go to trial because they shut the court system down," he said. "Nobody, incarcerated or detainee, they should not be dying in there. Nobody should die in there.'"
"For Cook County Jail, a Hot Spot of COVID-19, Our Choices Are Fast Action or Mass Death"
Op-ed from Amanda Klonsky and Dan Cooper
"African Americans are jailed disproportionately..., and this crisis is further heightening racial inequality... [R]eleases have not risen to the level required to prevent mass deaths."
Now four people have died in the jail since this was written. Read more...
From Life Inside of the Marshall Project:
by Christopher Blackwell and Arthur Longworth
“I cannot help but linger on the faces of the elderly prisoners and think about how they are unlikely to survive this.”
What this is about
Learning asks us to change – so that the world might be a place for all are free to thrive