Prisons, Prisoners, and the Coronavirus

Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Summary: Longtime New Afrikan political prisoner Khalfani M. Khaldun discusses the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. prisoner population, the most vulnerable section of the U.S. populace – Editors

I’ve been incarcerated inside the Indiana Department of Corrections since 1987. We’ve seen many health scares throughout the years, from TB outbreaks, staph infections, MERSA, HIV, and major problems with the flu. The prisoncrats and medical staff here at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility have started an anti-Covid-19 campaign, which consists of the following:

  • Recently all incoming prison family visits have been cancelled until further notice.
  • The company’s global tele-link which provided our own Android Tablets started free five-minutes phone calls for all prisoners for four weeks, along with free video visits.
  • Governore Eric Holcolm and the Commissioner ordered a cancellation of all incoming religious services due to Covid-19.
  • The Medical Department Officer Dr. Dauss has created an informational video on the effects of the coronavirus and it is now operational.

Covid-19 is alive in the state of Indiana. This virus will eventually enter all Indiana prisons, so we will be incapacitated by being sitting ducks inside these prison cells. We cannot be moved to some other country, let alone released to our loved ones. They have genuine love and concern that we will need to get us through this crisis.

This pandemic could possibly wind up wiping out hundreds of thousands of people. Covid-19 has the hallmarks of a weapon to rid certain areas of this country of undesirables. Many of you reading this may have a loved one in prison. Please encourage them to exercise, shower regularly, wash their hands as much as possible. Buy some vitamin-C to keep their immune systems active and strong. Distance yourself from those who are sick.

Let’s be clear, most of the nasty colds and flu viruses enter the Indiana Department of Corrections by officers, administrative staff, and medical staff. They would have no one to run these prisons if they were all ordered to stay home. This is how we know the chances are great for coronavirus to infect those inside these walls. If Amerika wasn’t ready, we know the Department of Corrections isn’t ready either. We as a prisoner class must be proactive in this serious time of our lives.

Stay strong and stay safe! Power to the People!

—Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun

(Leonard McQuary)

874304

PO Box 1111 G-215

Carlisle, IN 47838

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