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Governors, Mayors, and Sheriffs Must Reform Jail and Detention Practices During COVID-19

Leaders have a moral obligation to protect the millions of lives at risk

Contact: Rafael Medina,, 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and over 150 other groups called upon the National Governors Association (NGA), U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) to act immediately to help stem the tide of Covid-19. In letters sent to the three organizations, the groups urge them to use their authority to reasonably release people from prisons and jails to protect the lives of the more than 2.2 million people nationwide who are currently incarcerated, including more than 600,000 individuals in local jails. Read more