“Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.” – Pres. Joe Biden May 12, 2021

As the nation largely removes their masks coming into this year’s Independence Day weekend, the credit for such large scale relief belongs to the vaccine that makes the masks irrelevant. It makes sense. If you can’t catch or pass the virus that’s plagued the planet because your body is well defended against it, why mask up? Pres. Biden and his advisors seem sensible with the decision to scale back mandates and return to life as normal. Unless, of course, you’re in a prison…

I, along with the vast majority of my fellow inmates and prison staff, have been fully vaccinated. Yet there is absolutely no relief in sight. As a matter of course, as the CDC and state and federal officials realize where common sense can prevail, prisons have ramped up unnecessary restrictions. It’s the same restrictions that have destroyed both volunteer programming crucial to the cost of rehabilitation, but also the complete degradation of family and community support crucial to the health and wellbeing of the incarcerated. I did my part, Joe. I did my part and got my vaccine. Hell, a bunch of us did. Why can’t I lose the mask? I mean, they took everything else. I’ll give you the mask, too….

by Rory Andes

The mental and emotion impact of this pandemic on inmates is profound…

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