justice

Federal Prison Failed to Isolate Nearly 100 COVID-19 Patients: DOJ

A federal prison complex in Louisiana, FCC Oakdale, failed to comply with federal health guidance, leaving inmates infected with COVID-19 with otherwise healthy inmates in their housing units for weeks, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Tuesday. The report comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout America and behind bars.

coronavirus

Four Steps to Halting COVID-19 Behind Bars: Report

The pandemic has taken its deadliest toll on America’s prisons and jails. New guidelines prepared by a panel of experts in corrections, correctional health, economics, epidemiology, and related fields offer ways to mitigate the harm.

texas

COVID Deaths in Texas Prisons Lead Nation

With at least 231 deaths from COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails, the state has seen more infections and deaths among incarcerated people and staff than any other in the nation, according to a new report from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

corona

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

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.