Three Reasons Advocates Must Move Beyond Demanding Release for “Nonviolent Offenders”

Micah Herskind
13 min readApr 14, 2020

We must stop legitimizing incarceration for one group while advocating against it for another.

Covid-19 has presented a crisis — one that’s especially visible in prisons, jails, and detention centers, where an inability to social distance, daily regimes of brutality, and persistently unsanitary conditions make incarcerated people particularly vulnerable.

Many have identified that the risk of coronavirus spreading through punishment facilities does not just…