Prisons | Pandemic restrictions lead to extreme isolation for inmates who can’t access visitors, ministries, and education
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/18/20, 04:08 pm
In recounting the last few months in prison, Jamel Blackwell didn’t start with the story about how he almost died from COVID-19. Instead he talked about the New Jersey Department of Corrections shutting down visits, Bible studies, and education for inmates in mid-March.
“I couldn’t see any of my Christian brothers on the other units,” he said. So he and several Christians segregated together in his unit started their own Bible study twice a week to study the Gospels, which he said was “relieving … during this stressful pandemic.”