BOSTON (CBS) – Fresh off her reelection win, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is calling on Governor Charlie Baker to release more prison inmates at high risk of Covid-19.
In the past month, more than 300 inmates and staff at Massachusetts prisons and jails have tested positive for the virus. Pressley said it’s a public health threat.READ MORE: Northeast Metro Tech Football Player Seriously Injured During Saturday Game
“With the stroke of a pen, Governor Baker can release incarcerated individuals across our commonwealth who pose no risk to their communities, but are at great risk themselves of contracting and suffering from Covid-19,” Pressley said.READ MORE: Longtime Watertown Grocery Store Russo’s Officially Closes
Pressley said Massachusetts should follow the lead of New Jersey and California, where 10,000 inmates were released in the past few weeks.MORE NEWS: Boch Center Becomes 1st Performing Arts Center In Boston To Offer On-Site Rapid COVID Tests
Baker said the state has paroled hundreds of inmates since the pandemic began and prisons are doing a great job keeping the facilities clean and testing inmates.