Amid Coronavirus pandemic, it is challenging for the government to manage the prison system to keep the inmates safe as the virus is swiftly spreading through correctional facilities.
As many of the staff members of these prisons have been infected by the virus, there is a shortness of staffs resulted in an inadequate service. And until the crisis recedes and the US government lifts the lock-down completely, it is going to be a tough job to ensure the good health of the prisoners. And recently even though the judge rejected all their pleas, Bill Cosby still fighting for early release – his lawyer says he wouldn’t survive COVID-19.
Numerous inmates are pleading for an early release and want to be allowed to serve the remainder of their sentence at home internment. The Fyre Festival organizer, Billy McFarland has also requested an early release where Tekashi 6ix9ine was recently released from prison due to health worries amid the pandemic.
Cosby’s rep Andrew V.Wyatt expressed his concerns about his client Cosby’s chances of surviving the deadly COVID-19 contraction if he stays in the prison, in a statement to NBC News recently. 82-year-old Cosby is already suffering from various health problems and is seemingly more vulnerable to the disease.
Bill Cosby was previously convicted of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand and is currently serving his time at the prison. As per the reports of Hot New Hip Hop, the world-famous comedian has been suffering from glaucoma and high blood pressure and he also has a condition of quasi-blocked arteries and had two heart surgeries.
His representative Wyatt requested Governor Wolf to consider Bill’s medical condition and grant an early release stating he wasn’t given a ‘life sentence or a death sentence’ and it would be unfair if he died in the system.
Though Governor Wolf has granted permission to few inmates of home confinements or different facilities, he rejected all of Cosby’s appeals.
He was not the only celebrity to request for an early release; the R&B singer artist R. Kelly has also asked for the same earlier this year. But many including the Savage family hit back strongly against it.