The Case for Vaccinating Incarcerated People First
December 10, 2020 In the Press
Incarcerated individuals are becoming infected with COVID-19 at a rate four times as often as the general population.
Writing for The Washington Post, Danielle Allen, a former speaker in SOF/Heyman's Trilling lecture series, notes,
Bad health care should never be part of someone’s penal sanction. Nor should we ignore failings on this front on the grounds that the people facing a health crisis are convicted offenders. They are human beings, whose rights and dignity should be evident in our decision-making about them. Whatever our governments do to incarcerated people, they do in our names.
Featured Image: Needle syringe with a vaccine bottle / Photograph by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). / Flickr.