We’ve been collecting Covid-19 surveys from prisoners in Kentucky for the last 10 months in the hopes that we could get a bird’s eye view of what’s really happening and how it lines up (or doesn’t) with the Department of Corrections’ narrative. That data from nearly 100 returned surveys, and more coming in still, is being analyzed now and we’ll make it available once that’s finished. But for now I’d like to share what else we gained through this research. Dozens of new comrades, a sense of resilience, and shared grief that at times was overwhelming and at other times a sign that at least none of us are alone, inside the prisons or out. This pandemic is not over and likely won’t be for quite some time, and we’ve already lost too many incarcerated people this last 18 months and have hundreds more with lasting effects from surviving the virus. With these new connections and ability to get the truth about prison conditions out to the public, we hope to prevent more loss and keep people safer as we work towards the end of Covid and someday the end of prisons.
The story below is from my new friend, Patrick. A talented tattoo artist who made my day by doodling up the outside of his last letter to me as much as they would let him. While his story is about one prison in Kentucky, we’ve heard from enough people to know the conditions he writes about are all problem all over the state.
Write to him at:
Patrick Jones #281515, E.K.C.C., 200 Road to Justice, West Liberty, Ky 41472