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State Must Step In Before COVID-19 Takes Over Ohio Jails

Cleveland, OH – While doctors, judges, and even sheriffs warn that the mass release of incarcerated people is necessary to prevent uncontrollable COVID-19 outbreaks in jails and prisons, the State of Ohio continues to ignore their cries.  “Why is Governor DeWine ignoring or rejecting sound medical advice?” asked Lynn Tramonte, Director of the Ohio Immigrant […]

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Quotes: DECARCERATE Before COVID-19 Takes Over Our Jails, Prisons, and Immigration Detention Centers

Doctors, judges, and other experts are urging a dramatic reduction in our nation’s incarcerated population in order to prevent a massive outbreak of COVID-19 in U.S. jails and prisons. Some counties have begun to take the initiative, but in the name of public health, the response needs to be scaled up dramatically and include federal […]

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Hundreds of Ohioans + Over 60 Organizations Call on the State and Counties to Release Detainees

Cleveland, OH – Thousands of doctors have warned that jails and immigration detention centers would become a “tinderbox” of disease if COVID-19 is allowed to enter. In the name of public health, they are urging federal, state, and local officials to dramatically reduce the number of incarcerated people ASAP. In Ohio, hundreds of immigrants are […]

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Ohioans Call on State and Local Agencies to Release Incarcerated People in Name of Public Health

On March 24, we sent a community letter signed by 14 statewide organizations, 44 local groups, and 336 individuals to the Governor of Ohio and key health agencies and sheriffs departments. On April 8, we updated it to include more than 60 organizations and 374 Ohioans. The letter lays out the following steps that federal, […]

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Press Call 3/24: Immigration Platform for COVID-19 Response

Cleveland, OH – Thousands of doctors have warned that jails and immigration detention centers would become a “tinderbox” of disease if COVID-19 is allowed to enter. In the name of public health, they are urging federal, state, and local officials to dramatically reduce the number of incarcerated people ASAP. In Ohio, hundreds of immigrants are […]

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Infectious Disease Expert Calls on ICE to Release Immigration Detainees for COVID-19

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) has shared this expert letter from Dr. Carlos Franco-Paredes, Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Dr. Franco-Paredes is an internationally-recognized expert in infectious diseases, with decades of research, scholarship, experience, and accolades under his belt. Read his c.v. and his full expert letter to ICE […]

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“Simply Stunning” and “Medically Dangerous” to Keep Ohio Immigrants in Jail During COVID-19

State Should Not Let Feds Dictate Public Health Priorities Cleveland, OH – In the battle against COVID-19, more and more courts in Ohio are declining to incarcerate people, or are releasing them from jails, in the name of public health. Thousands of doctors and medical professionals have warned that dramatically reducing the jail population is […]

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Doctors Call for Immigrants’ Release from Detention During COVID-19

Cleveland, OH – In a letter to Governor Mike DeWine, Physicians for Human Rights, Human Rights First, and Amnesty International USA call for the release of Ohio immigrants and asylum seekers under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, in the interest of public health. The release of these individuals from detention is both necessary and […]

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Keep COVID-19 Out of Ohio Jails, Prisons, and Courts

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ohio Immigrant Alliance and allies are circulating a list of policies needed to protect immigrants and other people currently incarcerated from this deadly disease. We are accepting organizational and individual endorsements here. Read the full text below. Scroll to the end for shareable graphics. Keep COVID-19 Out of Ohio […]