(Letter written on March 8, 2021)
INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE & WAREHOUSE UNION
1188 FRANKLIN STREET, 4th FLOOR
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94109
(415) 775-1302 FAX
The Honorable Tom Wolf
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building Harrisburg, PA 17120
Incarceration during a global pandemic clearly should not be a death sentence. Mumia Abu Jamal and more than 2,400 other individuals are currently being subjected to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Mahanoy Correctional Facility in Frackville, PA. This is creating a dire situation for every person at the Mahanoy Correctional Facility, especially those older individuals with compromised immune systems.
As such, I implore you in the interest of justice to relocate all incarcerated individuals with COVID-19 symptoms to off-site medical facilities and to also consider a compassionate release for Mumia Abu Jamal and all other aging, vulnerable, and immune-compromised prisoners in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC).
Edwin R. Ferris