In 2020, the world went on “lockdown.” In March of 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) went on “modified lockdown” which basically means all unnecessary movement was stopped. Work-release was stopped. Visits were stopped. Educational and treatment programs were stopped. The only thing that was not stopped was the spread of COVID-19.
Out here, we can socially distance. Out here, we can buy up all the toilet paper we can stand. We can wash our hands and use as much hand disinfectant as we want. Overall, when we abide by the CDC guidelines, we keep a low infection rate. What about when this simply is not possible? What does that look like? What if you simply had no choice? What if you were one of the 20+ thousand men and women who had nowhere to go and you had no way to socially distance? That is what has been happening and is still happening inside the Wisconsin prison system. We take a look at what this looks like. We share some of the stories of people who lived to tell their stories and we remember some who did not make it.
Photo pictures Kevin Cook and Ramiah Whiteside when they ran from Milwaukee to Madison to bring awareness of the COVID crisis in the Wisconsin DOC. 2/8/2021 to 2/12/2021