Prison reform advocates hold funeral procession to honor inmates who died from COVID-19

Prison reform advocates held a funeral procession through the streets of Trenton to honor inmates who have died from COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2020, 9:54 AM

Updated 1,423 days ago

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Prison reform advocates held a funeral procession through the streets of Trenton to honor inmates who have died from COVID-19.
The #SayTheirNames Funeral was held near the Trenton War Memorial. Each participant had a sign and name of someone who either died from the virus or is in prison.
Participants are calling on state officials to release more prison inmates and improve jail conditions.
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Wednesday that the Department of Corrections has tested 8,700 inmates – less than half of the total inmate population in the state. Persichilli said that 19% of the inmates tested have tested positive.
Forty-two inmates and one resident of a halfway house have died from coronavirus complications, according to the department.
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