Marius Mason COVID-19 Update

from Support Marius Mason

Marius has been in federal prison for 11 years of a nearly 22-year sentence. He was sentenced for acts of property damage carried out in defense of the planet, and is now housed at the Danbury FCI in Connecticut.

May 17 COVID 19 update: As of this writing, Marius has been in quarantine with other prisoners in a separate area since April 25, when he tested positive for the corona virus. Marius has underlying factors that make him vulnerable to COVID 19, and legal options are being pursued, thanks to his attorney. 

 

Inmates in quarantine do still have access to phone calls and snail mail letters, but recently lost access to email, and letters can take an extended time to get to them. Prisoners have not been able to have visitors for quite some time, and at present, the visiting room is being used to house those in quarantine. The quarantine was for 18 days, but may well extend longer. 

 

Prisoners at some state and federal prisons around the country have applied for, and a smaller number have been granted, compassionate release. As of 5-17-20, the Danbury, CT facility that Marius is housed at reported 34 inmates and 5 staff who have tested positive, and one prisoner has died. Obviously, this is a very liquid situation; you can find updated numbers at https://www.bop.gov/coronavirus/

 

Please write to Marius. Letters are so very important, especially now. He cannot reply to all, due to limits on his communication, but hearing about what others are doing and sharing supportive words are critical in these times that are frightening for everyone, but have even less predictability in a prison setting. There are no news sources in the quarantine area where he is now, so he appreciates news updates, on the virus, but also what others in the activist, art and literary world are doing. At present, no cards, use only white paper and envelopes, and hold off sending books because he does not know if they would get through under current conditions.

While in prison, Marius has made music when he can, has written poetry and produced a body of artwork with materials at hand. Many pieces are on the website supportmariusmason.org, where you can also sign up for the email support list, or follow the support FB page and Twitter. Marius came out as trans in 2014, so letter envelopes must be addressed to Marie (Marius) Mason. The address is Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061, FCI Danbury, Route 37, Danbury, CT 06811. The support website is SupportMariusMason.org.

Posted in Announcements, Prisoner Solidarity, Public Health, State Repression.

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