In this open letter, Andrea James, founder of Roxbury-based Families for Justice as Healing, implores Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins to take several actions in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis including releasing people from prison, declining to prosecute certain cases, and to stop requesting bail.
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We are counting on you to focus on decarceration to save people’s lives, not petitioning to return a
sick man to jail who has not been convicted or sentenced…
[I]ncarceration doesn’t keep people or the community safe, especially not during a pandemic.