Story By Michael Gordon | December 3, 2020 12:45 PM
“The dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases in Mecklenburg County Jail screams out that a crisis is here,” said Charlotte attorney Tim Emry, one of the leaders of the #DecarcerateMecklenburg effort.
“I remind the people of Charlotte that the overwhelming majority of people in the jail have not been convicted of a crime. They are simply too poor to buy their freedom. They are our neighbors, relatives, and friends. We should all care about their health and well being.”
“Without swift action by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, magistrates, judges, and the district attorney’s office, we are going to have a death on our hands,” Emry said.
148 inmates have tested positive. Attorneys and other activists continue to challenge the jail’s assertion that it has put adequate safety protocols in place.