Election 2020

COVID-19

Public health is a criminal justice issue

Ensure that the platform entry on COVID-19 includes key components on reform to the criminal justice system.

Prisons, jails, policing, community supervision, and courts all will play pivotal roles in the nation’s ongoing response to COVID-19—and whether we are able to contain its spread effectively. Critically, we should reduce to the greatest extent possible the number of people who must physically be present in criminal justice settings. When it is unavoidable for people to be in these settings, we should put into place full precautions to protect the health of system staff and justice-involved people.

Explore our COVID-19 related resources below.

From The Blog

Series: Target 2020

Responding to COVID-19: Focusing on People in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Systems

People who are incarcerated at the following facilities have already tested positive: the Rikers Island jail complex and the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York City; the Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow, New York; the Larimer County Community Corrections program in Fort Collins, Colorado; the Massachusetts Treatment Center in ...

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  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
March 23, 2020
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Series: Covid-19

Use this Data to Hold Your Local Jail Accountable During the Pandemic

Jails are places where people, even during ordinary times, are at greater risk of death. It’s clear that the best way to keep people safe is to let them return home. Although there have been some efforts to decarcerate, they have been too small. Now, using a new tool from Vera, you can hold policymakers accountable by monitoring jail populations ac ...

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  • Christian Henrichson
    Christian Henrichson
  • Oliver Hinds
    Oliver Hinds
April 08, 2020
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Series: Covid-19

Policymakers Must Lift the Veil on COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

We know the problem is bad, but we don’t know the details, particularly surrounding how COVID-19 in correctional facilities is impacting people of color. Currently, no central government reporting and collection agency, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tracks the data on COVID-19 in correctional facilities. Nonprofits a ...

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  • Micah  Haskell-Hoehl
    Micah Haskell-Hoehl
  • Logan Schmidt
    Logan Schmidt
September 02, 2020
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