Over the past 10 weeks, our Criminal Justice Action Team has led efforts focused on decarceration as an approach to preventing the spread of Covid-19 among our jail & prison populations. Due to the work of our leaders, in collaboration with community organizations and the leadership of Durham County District Attorney's Office, Satana Deberry, we've seen 15-16 individuals who are over the age of 65, with pre-existing health conditions, who have served 75% or more of their sentence (for lower-level crimes) receive modifications to their sentences and be released. These include individuals who would have otherwise remained incarcerated in places like Neuse Correctional, the site of one of the largest outbreaks in the nation.
Over the next several weeks, Durham CAN will be providing meals to help welcome these individuals home. Could you or a member of your institution help provide a meal over the next two weeks for individuals who are being released? If so, contact Drew Doll for more information, to sign up.