COVID-19 Outbreaks at Jails and Prisons Should Make Us Rethink Incarceration

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COVID-19 Outbreaks at Jails and Prisons Should Make Us Rethink Incarceration

June 25, 2020 | by David HelpsThe Washington Post

COVID-19 has hit prisons hard. However, jails—with closer ties to the counties that run them—are even deadlier, according to a new article in The Washington Post. Some counties have responded to the pandemic with modest reforms, but the article’s author asserts that crowded jails are a policy choice. With a historical look at jails that describes brutal conditions of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Helps refers to a 1968 NCCD report on the Wayne County Jail in Detroit by writing, “Most of those in the jail should not have been there, the researchers argued, and their report recommended that 77% could be released immediately.” Read the full Post article here.