• Apr 6, 2020

When Mass Incarceration Becomes Mass Murder

April 6, 2020
By Kelsey Kauffman and Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Medium

The authors decry the failure of public officials to address the pressing medical dangers facing incarcerated men and women in the United States. They estimate as many as 100,000 could die and conclude:

Never before have we had leaders consciously choosing to expose millions of those who they consider less than human — “offenders,” “cons,” “felons,” “junkies” — to a lethal virus in order to protect their own political interests, along with a theoretical — and tiny — number of potential victims who they do view as fully human.

Murder requires intent, so let us be clear: These will not be accidental or even incidental deaths. They will be the result of deliberate and informed choices to allow a despised subgroup to sicken and die when other choices could have been made to save them.

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