Science Group Urges COVID-19 Incarceration Slowdown

With COVID-19 rates in prisons still at five times the rate of the general population, authorities should “use their discretion” to minimize incarceration in prisons and jails, concluded a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness: It’s Time to Stop the Harm

Although some inmates with serious mental illness benefit from being separated from others, solitary confinement can aggravate symptoms of serious mental illness and have grave mental health consequences. Authorities should start considering the increasing number of evidence-based practices available as alternatives, writes a Washington state clinical and forensic psychiatrist.

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Miami-Style ‘Virtual’ Justice During COVID: A Model for Other Cities?

Innovations adopted by the Miami-Dade County justice system to cope with COVID-19 have worked so well that authorities are exploring ways to take advantage of them even after the crisis ends, write State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle and her chief of staff. Could other jurisdictions follow suit?

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The Trauma of Women in Prison

Women serving prison sentences suffer serious trauma both before and during incarceration, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. Researchers say improved awareness of their plight, and better services in the prison systems are urgently needed.


Can Social Workers Replace Cops? One Experiment, From All Angles

Long before this year’s protests over police mishandling of mental health crisis calls, journalists began to examine CAHOOTS, a program in Eugene, Ore., that used community-based services as first responders in place of cops. You can read some of the most compelling accounts in the latest collection of stories about crime-reduction strategies archived by the Solutions Journalism Network.