Lives

On the line

The Fight For Our Loved Ones Inside

Led by women with incarcerated loved ones — the mothers, daughters, grandmothers, partners, siblings of people inside prisons, jails, and detention centers — Lives On The Line is an urgent fight to bring our loved ones home.

While COVID-19 spreads rapidly throughout the country, our incarcerated loved ones face imminent danger to their lives. This is life or death for us — our loved ones’ lives are on the line.

My husband
and our unborn child's
lives are on the line.

Our son and
grandson's
life is on the line.

My husband's
life is on the line.

Lives
On the line

We are a loving and powerful community of women with incarcerated loved ones, including cisgender women, transgender women, formerly incarcerated women, gender nonconforming people, elders, and young people.  Since COVID-19 hit, our loved ones inside are crowded together in facilities where they have no access to sanitation supplies or masks, cannot get tested even if they have COVID-19 symptoms, and have no access to proper medical care. Contrary to what prisons, jails, and detention centers are reporting, our loved ones are telling us conditions inside are dire. We fear for our incarcerated loved ones’ health and well-being — their lives are on the line.  We are coming together to do something about it. As people with loved ones behind bars, we can get to the truth about what’s really happening inside prisons. Together, we can hold public officials accountable for putting our loved ones lives at risk. Join us by sharing your story today and below, read our demands for our loved ones’ lives on the line.

My husband's
life is on the line.

Her father's
life is on the line.

My brother's
life is on the line.

Demand 1

We demand prison, jail, and detention center closures.

Our loved ones are currently held in unsafe conditions, where the spread of COVID-19 is dangerous and deadly. The safest and most humane way to prevent devastation is to close prisons, jails, and detention centers. We seek the immediate release of all incarcerated people starting with those who are most at risk to the impacts of COVID-19, those who become ill, and those who have caregiver responsibilities.

Demand 2

We demand the safe return of our loved ones.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and “shelter in place” orders, our loved ones are returning to communities where housing, employment, medical care, groceries, and other necessities are increasingly scarce and difficult to obtain. As women with incarcerated loved ones, we are the de facto reentry system in the country and during these financially unstable times, we are struggling to stay afloat. As our loved ones are released to our homes and communities, we demand increased access to essential services and financial resources that support our ability to properly welcome our loved ones home and ensure their safe and healthy return.

Demand 3

We demand all possible measures be taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of our incarcerated loved ones.

Our loved ones are dying inside because of COVID-19. They do not have access to cleaning supplies or medical care, are put into solitary confinement, on lockdown, or are housed in dormitory-style rooms with dozens of people, instead of implementing social distancing. We demand that our loved ones are given ample free access to quality medical care and sanitation supplies that meet CDC standards.

Demand 4

We demand access to our incarcerated loved ones.

Our connection to our loved ones is being severed under COVID-19. In conditions where the amount of communication with our loved ones is already extremely limited, our visits have been canceled and the majority of our phone calls remain time-restricted. We don’t have up-to-date or consistent information about the health of our loved ones or the spread of COVID-19 inside. We demand unlimited free access to communication with our loved ones and regular updates on their health and the wellbeing of those they are incarcerated with. 

Demand 5

We demand that our loved ones’ incarceration not be extended due to COVID-19.

Our loved ones no longer have access to participate in educational, mental health, and other programs that both facilitate wellbeing and earn our loved ones credits toward release. Furthermore, parole hearings have been delayed and canceled, court hearings are happening without transparency or accountability to the public, and judges across the nation are passing emergency measures that extend the amount of time a person is incarcerated before going to trial. As a result, our loved ones will be incarcerated longer. We demand that all measures be taken to ensure that COVID-19 does not increase the time that any person spends incarcerated.

Demand 6

We demand access to healing and wellness.

As women with incarcerated loved ones, we face acute isolation that results in severe mental and physical health consequences. With access to our loved ones severely limited in the COVID-19 crisis, our isolation is further compounded. We ask that society acknowledge and respond to the unique experiences that women with incarcerated loved ones have during this global pandemic. We demand resources for our own healing and wellness as we advocate for ourselves and our loved ones inside.

WHat do you demand?

Hear our stories

1 in 2 Black women have a loved one behind bars. Together our voices are powerful. Share your story, join the fight for our loved ones lives.

Whose life is on the line for you?

Whose life is on the line for you?

As women with incarcerated loved ones...

…we know our loved ones’ lives are on the line because they are held in facilities that put them at great risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19.

Join us in uplifting your voice to highlight the dangers of COVID-19 for incarcerated people and our families, and why we’re fighting to bring all of our loved ones home.

Record a video of yourself sharing how having an incarcerated loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting you.

Whose life is on the line for you and why are you fighting to bring them home?

Whose life is on the line for you?

Whose life is on the line for you?

Record a video of yourself sharing how having an incarcerated loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting you.

Whose life is on the line for you and why are you fighting to bring them home?

Join us by taking our national survey for people with incarcerated loved ones today! With the information we gather, we will hold public officials accountable for putting our loved ones’ lives on the line.