The Appeal: As The Coronavirus Spreads, Prisoners Are Rising Up For Their Health

The Appeal: As The Coronavirus Spreads, Prisoners Are Rising Up For Their Health. “It began with a trickle, then a cascade: The spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus has sparked a wave of spontaneous protests inside jails, prisons, and detention centers across the U.S. Since March 17, the date of the first known COVID-19-related prison hunger strike, there have been more than 75 protests and uprisings, according to tracking data at Perilous Chronicle, a digital media project documenting prisoner unrest since 2010 that two of us maintain. And the actual number is most likely much higher. Taken together, these actions have involved approximately 3,000 incarcerated people, with many more ‘outside’ supporters participating in solidarity call-ins and demonstrations.”