When Jail & Prison Sentences Become Death Sentences: How Willfully Exposing Incarcerated Persons to COVID-19 Amounts to Cruel & Unusual Punishment
Eric Warner called his older brother Hank from San Quentin State Prison almost every Sunday. Though the prison only allowed the brothers to speak for fifteen minutes each week, the two spoke about their lives. In June 2021, Eric stopped calling, and Hank became worried. Hank tried to get in touch with the prison. However, his calls were met with a dead-end voicemail each time. He recalls that he “knew, by not hearing anything, that something was not good.” The following month, prison personnel returned Hank’s calls and told him that his brother Eric had been hospitalized. Later that month, the prison called Hank again to tell him that his brother Eric had died after contracting coronavirus while incarcerated at San Quentin. Eric Warner was fifty-seven years old.
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