|Between Nov 29th and Jan 1st four people died while in the custody of Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. On Sunday, January 9th, LMDC announced a fifth death but has not yet named the person. Five deaths in Louisville Metro Department of Corrections cannot be excused or overlooked.|
Take action now and contact Matthew Golden, Metro Chief of Public Services, who oversees Corrections.
Post mail: 527 W Jefferson St. Louisville, KY 40202
Tell him to:
Publicly acknowledge the loss of these human lives and the impact on their families and our community.
Conduct a review of WellPath Health’s $8 million contract with LMDC within one week, and present a plan with designated resources to prevent further deaths.
Direct and assist LMDC to make the safety and health of all people under their care their first priority, including new options such as community partnerships.
Expedite the new contract for FREE phone and video calls from LMDC, which has been delayed until January 15th.
Free phone calls are essential for families to know the health status of their loved ones. Because of racial inequities in who is arrested, booked, and sentenced, Black children and families are disproportionately impacted.
For more information on prison phone and video calls, visit here.“
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
To remember the four identified who lost their lives in our Jail, we say their names:
Kenneth Hall, age 59
Rickitta Smith, age 34
Stephanie “Cookie” Dunbar, age 48
Garry Wetherill, age 41