Resolved: That 2021 will be The Year of the Prisoner!
“New Year's Day ... now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Mark Twain OK, this time, a resolution you can keep. I promise. First let me say that we let our prisoners down in 2020, and we can’t allow that to happen again. Granted, we were obsessed by more than a handful of other issues: political division, Black Lives Matter, a pandemic with all of its spinoffs and problems, etc. But while we were fretting and whining about our own situations, Michigan prisoners sank into the depths of hell. Due, in part, to poor planning and bungling, more and more prisoners caught the virus. More and more prisoners died. And the hundreds of prisoners who could have been safely released never got to see daylight. We’re now approaching 120 prisoner COVID deaths. Positive tests are way past the 60% mark among our 35,000 inmates. People often ask, “What can I do?” Or, “Is there anything I