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Protect People at Greene County Jail from COVID-19

This zap was organized by Little Rock Freedom Fund, Nayborhood Activists and Intransitive.

Ways to Engage: Phone

The Injustice

Multiple incarcerated people at Green County Jail in Paragould, Arkansas have tested positive for Covid-19 and are being kept with people who have tested negative fro Covid in the general common areas. Learn more here.

Individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 should be housed separately (not solitary confinement) from those who have test positive. According to the Center for Disease Control's Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities:

"If there is an individual with suspected COVID-19 inside the facility (among incarcerated/detained persons, staff, or visitors who have recently been inside), begin implementing Management strategies while test results are pending. Essential Management strategies include placing individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 under medical isolation, quarantining the close contacts, and facilitating necessary medical care, while observing relevant infection control and environmental disinfection protocols and wearing recommended PPE."

Call to Action

Call Green County Jail at (870) 239-6334 and ask that they:

  • Work to reduce the population of the jail immediately, before there is widespread infection.

  • Continue to reduce the number of intakes into the Greene County Jail and consider transfers home immediately over the course of the crisis.

  • Immediately release anyone incarcerated on an unaffordable money bond. Their ongoing incarceration due solely to the lack of access to money is unfair and unethical (especially during a pandemic).

  • Release individuals with preexisting medical conditions.