Protesting unsafe conditions in city jails, car caravan circles Northeast Philly facility

WHYY, 02/12/22: “About 50 cars moved through the neighborhood around Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road, decrying ‘unconstitutional conditions.’

A car caravan circled the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility Saturday afternoon to protest conditions inside Philadelphia’s jails. At least 50 cars honked their horns as they moved through the neighborhood and down side streets near the city Department of  Prisons facility on State Road in Northeast Philadelphia before heading down to City Hall.

Protest organizers —  the Human Rights Coalition, Abolitionist Law Center, and the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement — say most people incarcerated at the jails get out of their cells for one to two hours a day, equivalent to solitary confinement.

A lawsuit filed last spring on behalf of individuals inside Department of Prisons facilities lists a number of other ‘unconstitutional conditions,’ including lack of access to mental health services, excessive force by staff, denial of access to the courts, legal counsel and timely legal mail, and lack of access to necessary exercise.”

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