This week, Grammy Award winner John Legend and Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, along with supporters of prison reform, called on the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, to release some of the state’s prisoners during COWID 19.
On Tuesday, the legend tweeted a video explaining that the spread of the coronavirus in prisons and jails threatens the health and safety of New Yorkers.
Leaders must do everything in their power to prevent the illness of prisoners and prison staff and the spread of #COVID19. @NYGovCuomo, it’s time to act. pic.twitter.com/xg0UBLYWrQ
– John Legend (@johnlegend) 14. April 2020.
If someone is in prison, there is no social distance, and ensuring good hygiene is not an option, the singer-songwriter said. Leaders must do their utmost to prevent illness among prisoners and prison staff and to spread the virus.
The legend continues in his video, which states that it is time for Governor Cuomo to act and that he can make New York’s communities safer and healthier by reducing the prison population. Legend has it that Cuomo immediately pardoned those about to be released, those in prison for violating parole rules and prisoners in danger because of their age and underlying illnesses.
Shit! Shit! Cuomo, let her go. Thank you very much. I hope you have a good week. Pay attention, legend has it.
This week, as part of the Phoenix Prison Veterans Liberation Campaign, a video was broadcast in which the star joker explains the importance of liberating prisoners.
I encourage Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action in New York by granting clemency to captured New Yorkers, Phoenix said. The lives of many people depend on his actions. Nobody deserves to die in prison because of Covid-19.
Message from Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix: I urge @NYGovCuomo to perform in New York and pardon the imprisoned New Yorkers. The lives of many people depend on his actions. Nobody deserves to die in prison because of Covid-19. #ClemencyNow pic.twitter.com/CEFEkwVTBV
– 14. Campaign for the release of elderly prisoners (Campaign @RAPP) April 2020.
Governor Cuomo, in accordance with the Constitution of the State of New York, has the right to pardon anyone who serves a sentence in a New York State prison. That means he can reduce the sentence or release a prisoner.
According to the information on page six, Governor Cuomo ordered the release of 1,100 parolees for COVID-19 at the end of March. But the campaign for the release of the elderly in prison demands more. A group of activists fight for older prisoners who have been sentenced to death.
The 14th. In April, the New York State Prison Service had 618 prison guards, 150 prisoners and 24 parolees who had tested positive for Covid-19. Four prisoners died, as well as four parolees and an employee of the Corrections and Public Oversight Department.