Every place where death row stands is, by its very nature, a cold place. For what is colder than a government killing its own citizens? Especially after years of psychological and mental torture and the isolation of solitary confinement. But now I speak not only of psychological coldness, but of the physiological: cold air blowing into Pennsylvania’s death row cells, where men imprisoned by COVID-19 spent 23 and a half hours in a chilly cell around the sounds of coughs and depression—the mental wages of COVID-19 and winter.
According to a source on the row, the minds of men are pretty grim these days given the grip of COVID. Several years ago, a civil suit changed the conditions dramatically. Granting men hours out of cell weekly, then COVID-19 struck and the cold wind blows through the cells of Pennsylvania’s death row.
From in Prison Nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.