WATCH: AOC Calls for “Elderly Clemency” and Release of Older Prisoners from Rikers Island

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued for “elderly clemency” for prisoners in Rikers Island in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

21 incarcerated individuals have already tested positive for COVID-19. Those are folks who have been able to get tested. And as we know, tests are very limited.

They are rationed for people who are already exhibiting quite extreme symptoms so we have no idea how much this outbreak is going out. So there are a lot of things we are asking for. One, we need to provide elderly clemency.

There are plenty of people on Rikers that have been 60, 70, 80, 90 years old, who quite literally need someone to take care of them and they’re still kept in a cage in Rikers Island and in prisons throughout the United States. We need to ensure that we are granting elderly clemency in the United States.


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