COVID-19 ALERT: Queensboro Correctional Facility

As COVID-19 continues to spread through state prisons and NYC jails, advocates, formerly incarcerated individuals, and family of those locked inside the Queensboro Correctional Facility demanded Governor Andrew Cuomo release state prisoners through granting clemencies—especially among the elderly or those with little time remaining on their sentences—at a rally on Tuesday.

Lazara Almonte’s son, James Castro, has been quarantined inside of the Queensboro Correctional Facility for five weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He’s been given no mask and social distancing is impossible, she said during the Tuesday rally in front of the facility, where inmates are incarcerated on the last few months of their sentences with an emphasis on re-entry programs for inmates.

Katie Schaffer, director of advocacy and organizing at the Center for Community Alternatives, says at least six coronavirus cases have been confirmed among inmates at Queensboro Correctional Facility.