By: Jerry Metcalf
(A contributing writer for both the Marshal Project and PrisonWriters)
Well, we managed to go three weeks without a prisoner being infected with Covid-19 at our Michigan correctional facility, which was a milestone. Though, there were several guards who tested positive in that time period. And, of course, half of the guards refused to take the vaccine, so what do you think happened next? You got it: Today 17 prisoners at our facility tested positive (many for the second time) for Covid-19 with several tests still pending.
What a surprise, eh?
Does no one in authority see how stupid this is? Where is our Governor or our Attorney General? Where is the President of the United States or his Attorney General? Where are the people in authority who care about us, the most vulnerable population in America?
Do we prisoners no longer have rights? And if this is the case, how long do you–the American People–think it will be before they abolish your rights as well?
How absurdly wrong is this? If the prison guards refuse to take the damn test, then keep them from coming to work and killing us. Trust me when I say we prisoners aren’t going out for a stroll in the neighboring towns and lugging this horrible virus back into our extremely-overcrowded and closed community to infect ourselves. No, the only way Covid-19 enters this facility is through its employees. And if the State does not have the political courage to stop these non-vaccinated carriers-of-death from entering my cage, then the least they can do is quick-test them every day before work.
Hell, if the NFL was able to test entire stadiums full of people before football games, then the State of Michigan–in all its glory–ought to be able to figure out how to test a few of its prison employees instead of allowing them to infect tens of thousands of prisoners. According to The Marshal Project, 2/3 of the incarcerated individuals being held by the Michigan Department of Corrections have already been infected.
What’s the problem, are our lives not worth the money?
And here’s a little more food for thought: If the vast majority of men and women locked away in American and Michigan prisons are black, wouldn’t that mean that black lives DO NOT matter to our government? It sure looks that way.
My name is Jerry Metcalf, and I wish to make the world a better place. If you do too, please join me @ Facebook.com/jerryametcalf.jr or @ Twitter.com/JerryMetcalfJr1. And please join the fight to help bring a “good time” law to Michigan, one of the last States still holding out against the idea of good behavior equaling less time in prison @ mijustice.org, and @ Facebook.com/MichiganUnited. Or you may email me directly @Jpay.com. My prison # is 251141. Thank you for your time.