New Study Published on Overcrowded Prisons and the Racial Disparity of COVID-19
June 16, 2021 In the Press
A new study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) investigates the ongoing health risks that mass incarceration poses for communities. The authors argue that prison overcrowding contributes, in part, to the racial COVID-19 disparities.
Reporting on the study for Quartz, Annalisa Merelli writes,
Reducing prison populations should be considered from the lens of public health, and not just the rights of prisoners. As the US takes stock of the lessons of the pandemic, ensuring that jails do not play a deadly role in the next health emergency is paramount.