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COVID-19 in Jails & Prisons: Press Conference - Shared screen with speaker view
Katie Schaffer
18:23
Hi all, thank you for joining us. Here is the run of show for today:
Katie Schaffer
18:35
MC: Marvin Mayfield, Center for Community AlternativesWelcome & Introductionstatement from currently incarcerated person (#1)Susan Li, Release Aging People from Prison CampaignCynthia Carter-Young, Center for Community AlternativesDominique Scaggs, New Hour for Women and Children - Long IslandMarvin reads statement from currently incarcerated person (#2)Bobby Cohen, prison health expert and member of the Board of CorrectionsJose Saldana, Release Aging People in PrisonKevin Mays, HALTsolitary Campaign
Katie Schaffer
19:01
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Katie Schaffer
19:02
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Katie Schaffer
23:12
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Katie Schaffer
23:39
Here is the run of show for today:
Katie Schaffer
24:12
MC: Marvin Mayfield, Center for Community Alternatives
Welcome & Introduction
Statement from currently incarcerated
Susan Li, Release Aging People from Prison Campaign
Cynthia Carter-Young, Center for Community Alternatives
Dominique Scaggs, New Hour for Women and Children - Long Island
Statement from currently incarcerated person (#2)
Bobby Cohen, prison health expert and member of the Board of Corrections 
Jose Saldana, Release Aging People in Prison
Kevin Mays, HALTsolitary Campaign
Katie Schaffer
28:39
Here is the run of show for today:
Katie Schaffer
28:41
MC: Marvin Mayfield, Center for Community AlternativesSusan Li, Release Aging People from Prison CampaignCynthia Carter-Young, Center for Community AlternativesDominique Scaggs, New Hour for Women and Children - Long IslandStatement from currently incarcerated personBobby Cohen, prison health expert and member of the Board of CorrectionsJose Saldana, Release Aging People in PrisonKevin Mays, HALTsolitary Campaign
Katie Schaffer
29:00
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Katie Schaffer
29:18
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Katie Schaffer
31:53
Here is the statement Marvin Mayfield just read from a currently incarcerated person:
Katie Schaffer
31:55
“In July of this year, I was diagnosed with COVID-19 and moved overnight to a solitary confinement cell at Fishkill Correctional Facility. I was given very little information about the reason for the move. I was confined for 23 hours per day. Aside from getting my temperature checked, I didn’t receive any additional medical care. I never saw a doctor. It took four days for me to get access to my blood pressure medication and my blood thinner. Two days into my confinement, the pipe in my cell burst and water came into my cell. I cleaned it out myself, which took me two hours. Because of the broken pipe, I was without a toilet for at least 15 hours...The confinement was extremely emotionally difficult for me. I felt that I was being punished for something that I did not do—being punished for testing positive. I was terrified because of all the ongoing medical complications that I have and because I couldn’t get answers regarding my physical well-being.”
Katie Schaffer
40:01
Currently speaking: Cynthia Carter-Young, member of Center for Community Alternatives
Katie Schaffer
40:12
Up next: Dominique Scaggs, New Hour for Women and Children - Long Island
Katie Schaffer
43:08
Speaking now: Dominique Scaggs, New Hour for Women and Children - Long Island
Katie Schaffer
47:34
Now we hear from a currently incarcerated person:
Katie Schaffer
47:55
“Earlier this year I tested positive for COVID-19. This was a difficult time not only for myself but my family as well. Along with the psychological effects of contracting Covid, the living conditions I experienced while quarantined was very stressful. I wore the same clothing for 14 days, lacked any personal property or medical treatment. When asked about treatment, I was told by a doctor to ride it out. Although I signed a HIPAA waiver, my wife was denied any update or status on my health and encountered hostility from medical staff. Information about living conditions while quarantined reached the prison population and many who had symptoms did not seek medical attention
Katie Schaffer
48:01
Along with the threat of Covid, I do recognize another issue of concern, the psychological effect many are experiencing due to new protocols and policies that have disrupted the norm. It has been very depressing for individuals not to visit with family, participate in programs, religious services and phone usage has increased making it difficult to access them regularly. These conditions have left many feeling depressed. Lately I have been hearing a lot of prisoners speak about not wanting to die in prison…Sometimes I wonder why so many people die in prison that haven't been sentenced to death?”
Katie Schaffer
50:32
Speaking now: Dr. Bobby Cohen, prison health expert
Katie Schaffer
56:21
Elder Parole and Fair and Timely Parole
Katie Schaffer
57:11
Speaking now: Kevin Mays, HALTsolitary Confinement
Katie Schaffer
01:07:14
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01:16:52
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Katie Schaffer
01:21:28
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Katie Schaffer
01:21:37
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