Certain populations are unable to practice the distancing that is critical for safety during the covid-19 pandemic. In particular, prisons, jails and detention centers are Petri dishes for breeding the disease. This affects not only the inmates, but also the workers, and the people they all come in contact with.

Some counties and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham have already taken steps to reduce the inmate population. If your county hasn’t already done so, you can help.

See background information from the New Mexico ACLU (https://www.aclu-nm.org/en/aclu-nm-response-during-covid-19) and the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O7HFmnNwN7Q19Su_gXHwRq3Hs2ynpoTw/view).

Contact your local county commissioner. Ask for inmates to be released if they are:
• Medically vulnerable,
• Not being held for a violent offense, or
• Within three months of their release date.

Let’s use positive peer pressure. After you contact your commissioner, post to social media, on your own account, and at the Facebook Progressive Forum. Or if your county has already released inmates, post that.

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