Woman asked for compassionate release, but the prison refused. She just died of COVID-19
MIAMI — Tressa Clements pressed her hand to the ICU window and spoke through her tears.“Baby girl, I pray to God you would wake up,” she said to her child, lashed to a ventilator. “I want you to wake up.”That was Sunday evening — the penultimate day of Saferia Johnson’s life. Johnson, an inmate at the women’s work camp at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County, died the next morning, just after 10.The cause: COVID-19. She was 36.Johnson, a nonviolent inmate with two young sons, had petitioned the prison for compassionate release on home confinement. The prison had rejected the r...