Article about David Gilbert: “He Was One of New York’s Most Famous Prisoners. Now He’s One of Its Oldest—and Most Vulnerable.”

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s father and other aging prisoners are begging the courts to release them during the pandemic.

Chesa Boudin as a boy with his dad, David Gilbert. Courtesy of Chesa Boudin

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was at home cooking on Saturday afternoon when his dad, David Gilbert, called from a prison in upstate New York. Boudin was glad to hear his father’s voice. But he was worried about his old man: Someone in the cell next to him had tested positive for the coronavirus.

At 75, Gilbert is one of the oldest prisoners in the state. Even calling his son is risky for him now, since hundreds of guys at Shawangunk Correctional Facility share the same phones to call home. Before dialing his son, Gilbert wrapped the receiver with an undershirt to avoid touching it to his face. He would hand-wash the shirt after returning to his cell.

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