Flashpoint: Coronavirus behind the wall, COVID-19 relief for small business, Doorstep Deliveries

April 05, 2020 - 6:00 am
This week's panel includes Keir Bradford-Grey, Jennifer Riley, and Pennsylvania Rep. Austin Davis.

Courtesy of Keir Bradford-Grey, Jennifer Riley, and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about coronavirus behind the wall. 

In recent days, hundreds of inmates in prisons across America have tested positive for COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections reported eight staff and two inmate infections. In Philadelphia prisons, 31 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Justice reform advocates held protests, wrote Gov. Tom Wolf and petitioned the state's highest court seeking the swift release of low risk and medically vulnerable inmates.  

Recently, the First Judicial District announced protocols for expedited review of hundreds of cases with the goal of sending inmates who do not pose a threat to public safety home in the coming days. Victim rights advocates have pushed back.  

How can stakeholders reduce prison populations while keeping the public safe? Keir Bradford-Grey, chief defender of Defender Association of Philadelphia joins Pennsylvania Rep. Austin Davis of Allegheny County, and Jennifer Riley, state director of Marsy's Law of Pennsylvania.

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Ashley Bell
Courtesy of Ashley Bell
The newsmaker of the week is the CARES Act and SBA Disaster Relief. Last week President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act into law providing $2 trillion of support to shore up the economy which has ground to a halt in the nationwide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Ashley Bell, Region Four Administrator for the Small Business Administration and White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, provides details on how small businesses can get disaster relief and payroll support loans and grants. 

Razin Karu
Courtesy of Razin Karu

The Patriot Home Care Changemaker of the Week is the Doorstep Deliveries program by ICNA Relief. The group is helping seniors and families in need during the coronavirus lockdown by taking them much needed supplies. ICNA Relief Shams Clinic Outreach Coordinator Razin Karu joins us. To donate supplies or to see delivery, go to their website.

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