Silent protesters demand release of older prisoners
A group of protesters from New York City traveled to Yonkers today to object to the detention of older prisoners.
The protesters were silent in their demonstration, but they say they still want their voices to be heard, as they support those who can't speak for themselves.
Nawanna Tucker is part of the "Release Aging People in Prison Campaign."
She and her colleagues are pushing state lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, to release older prisoners.
Tucker's 55-year-old husband has been in prison for 32 years.
"Statistics show if you've done 20, 30 years, you're not that same person. A lot of these men and women went in when they were teens so therefore, they should be given a second chance,” says Tucker.
Group members say there's also the fear that inmates who are 50 or older are more susceptible to the spread of COVID-19.
News 12's calls to Stewart-Cousins' office were not returned.