Everybody that comes through the gates and doesn’t die from COVID is a victory. But people behind bars are not the only issue in this fight.
Their fate is intimately connected to that of unhoused folk, of meat packing workers, of frontline caregivers and of the masses of poor folk in the US and beyond who are most vulnerable to this pandemic.
Even as we pass through this COVID-19 moment, if I am fortunate enough to survive…
I will not forget that Google and Apple have used this moment to develop a Bluetooth system to gather an unprecedented amount of data on all of us, that Amazon’s revenue in the first quarter of 2020 rose to $75 billion, and that companies like BI and GTL are handing people smartphones as they come out of prison and jail, phones which track them, grab their data and send it to the cloud where other companies can algorithm it into a revenue stream.