January 6, 2021
On Christmas Eve, I blogged about the Valley Street Jail in Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest and most notorious jail. Until December 23rd, inmates were not allowed to wear masks, and the superintendent proudly trumpeted the fact that none of the inmates had been tested for COVID.
Well, they have since been tested. The results are in, and they are not pretty. According to this article at New Hampshire Public Radio, at least 102 of the inmates at the jail — over half the jail population — has tested positive for COVID, along with 27 staff.
Last week, a Superior Court judge, citing the facility’s “cavalier attitude” toward the pandemic, released an inmate on home confinement.
Nelson Mandela has been quoted as saying “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”