As part of their support to a campaign driven by Release Aging People In Prison, a civilian organization that supports the prisoners of the third age to obtain the pardon, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and John Legend made a couple of videos in the requesting Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, was put in freedom to the prisoners whose age and medical history the put vulnerable to the contagions of Covid-19, which have spread at an alarming rate within the total prison population in that city.
Phoenix, whose presence in social campaigns is unusual and remarkable stated in your video that it was a measure of pressing, because the domestic population and employees of prisons, given the nature of the facilities, no way to comply with the measures of security, such is the case of the recommended distance; which will result in a greater impact on the people of the state.
A message from Oscar award winning actor Joaquin Phoenix: “I’m calling on @NYGovCuomo to take action in New York by granting clemency to New Yorkers in prison. The lives of so many people depend on his action. No one deserves to die in prison from COVID-19.” #ClemencyNow pic.twitter.com/CEFEkwVTBV
— Release Aging People in Prison Campaign (@RAPPcampaign) April 14, 2020
For its part, Legend pointed out that the reduction of the prison population is crucial to curb the increase in infection, and that was in the hands of the governor to safeguard the life of the internal by pushing for the release of prisoners little dangerous, of the third age or medical history which may prove susceptible to the virus.
Leaders must do everything possible to prevent incarcerated people and those who work in prisons from becoming ill and spreading #COVID19. @NYGovCuomo, it’s time for action. pic.twitter.com/xg0UBLYWrQ
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 14, 2020
Until now, some prisoners have been benefited by the presence of the Covid-19, such is the case of the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was released from house arrest by demonstrating that their suffering respiratory put at risk his life before a possible contagion.