Coronavirus has shone an even harsh light on the monstrosity of the US carceral state. Just like with nursing homes and elder care facilities, the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at jails, prisons, and penitentiaries are ideal conditions for the incubation and spread of the virus. Despite the illusions of distance (‘It’s their problem, they deserve it’), the transient population of civilians—guards, food service workers—that commute in and out of prison every day are ideal vectors of transmission and multiply the risks for all Americans, whether or not they’ve forgotten the existence of those inside. Some states have accelerated the release of certain categories of prisoners but the scale of the problem dwarfs the actions taken so far. Let’s look at the fight for Abolition in the shadow of Covid-19Brett Story, Dan Berger, Elise Thorburn, Jackie Wang, JM Wong, Megan Ybarra, Nikkita Oliver
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