“Mom and Pops,
I could no longer breathe too good. So I alerted the med tech. I was tested for COVID-19 and it came back positive. Right now, I’m in the south house in a cell by myself. I love you guys very much.”
This is an email that no parent should ever have to read. Matthew Echevarria, a survivor of Chicago police torture who was convicted of a crime he did not commit, sent this email to his parents Denise and Brian Bronis from Menard Correctional Center where he is currently incarcerated.
Matthew is one of 30,888 people incarcerated in an Illinois prison in perpetual fear of dying in a cage from COVID-19. South House, as Matthew refers to it, is a portion of Menard that had deteriorated so much that it was closed down.
According to Matthew’s mother, Denise Joyce-Bronis, South House is a decrepit mice-infested area that is now being used as a quarantine space for inmates that test positive for COVID-19. Like many other sick inmates, Matthew’s health got to a near fatal point before he alerted the medical technician out of fear of being put in South House.