Posted in 2020 Census High Country News Jails News Prisons

When “usual residence” is a prison

Census method of counting prisoners distorts demographics. by Jonathan Thompson, High Country News If a demographer were to draw up a profile of eastern Colorado’s Crowley County using the most recent census data, it would appear…

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Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and chronic health problems have helped exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 in U.S. prisons and jails. (Screen capture from photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails Prisons

108,000 US inmates infected with Covid-19

Among prisoners, the death rate from the potentially fatal virus is three times higher than average. Report: Only 7% of Inmates’ Loved Ones Say Prisoners Have Soap and Other Basic Necessities to Stop the Spread of…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons

Saying ICE has ‘Lost the right to be trusted,’ Federal Judge orders mandatory testing at detention center hit by Covid-19

Court order follows an outbreak at the Mesa Verde Detention Center and evidence that officials opted not to test detainees for fear of positive test results. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, August 6 A federal…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Ethics Jails The Conversation

As the coronavirus rages in prisons, ethical issues of crime and punishment become more compelling

A 1970 image of prisoners in cell blocks at Rikers Island Prison.  Bettmann / Contributor/Bettmann via Getty Images by  Austin Sarat, Amherst College Thursday, August 6 Across the United States, prisons and jails have become hot…

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Participants behind a banner reading "COVID BEHIND BARS = DEATH" attend a rally at Rikers Island in New York. Rights advocates have urged state, local, and federal officials to release vulnerable inmates during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that prisons and jails are equipped with safety measures to prevent outbreaks. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons SCOTUS

Supreme Court rules jail does not have to provide basic protections to inmates

As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases “There is no legal principle justifying this stay. The only ‘principle’ animating it is the belief of the Republican appointees to the Court that prisoners are subhuman.”…

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Posted in Coronavirus Jails News Pro Publica Public Health

The prison was built to hold 1,500 inmates. It had over 2,000 Coronavirus cases.

Prison overcrowding has been quietly tolerated for decades. But the pandemic is forcing a reckoning. by Dara Lind Thursday, June 18, 11 am. MST Jason Thompson lay awake in his dormitory bed in the Marion Correctional…

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Posted in Coronavirus Jails Justice News

Coronavirus in jails and prisons

Despite early warnings, jails and prisons have seen a rapid spread of the virus—a humanitarian disaster that puts all of our communities, and lives, at risk. Every day, The Appeal examines the scale of the crisis,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Jails Poverty Safety Net The Conversation

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

  by  Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University; Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Wayne State University, and Sheryl Kubiak, Wayne State University The notion that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer has crumbled. The health and economic fallout from…

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