This is Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey at the Hudson Correctional Facility. This piece is about the Kansas freedom bill called Kansas’ Healthcare, Education, Rehabilitation, and Re-entry Preparedness Bill Part 1.
Section 1: be it enact a law that, by December 15th, 2021, Kansas Department of Corrections will reduce this prison population down to its designed capacity.
Due to the ill effects of COVID-19 inside KDOC, prisoners who have the following health problems should be release from prison immediately: Bronchitis, TB, Asthma, HepC, HIV and Diabetes.
Prisoners are more prone to get COVID-19 than others due to us being confined in closed spaces. We don’t have enough room to practice social distancing. For these obvious reasons, the secretary of KDOC is ordered by this law to release no less than 100 prisoners per month per year beginning January 15th, 2021 until the prison population is reduced to its current designed capacity.
Section 2: be it also enacted that a moratorium shall issue upon the passage of this bill stating that no person convicted of a crime in the state of Kansas, so be transferred without legitimate reasons to any out-of-state facility.
In order to address the ill effects of mass incarceration for private financial motives, no other public or private prisons outside the state of Kansas shall be used to house anyone convicted of any crime within the state of Kansas.
This concludes the first two parts of this bill. Those wishing to get in contact with me may do so by writing “Charley Hughes” number 96576, Hutchinson Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 1568, Hutchinson, Kansas 67504.
Thank you for your time, effort, and energy.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.