Stopping covid-19 behind bars was an achievable moral imperative. We failed.
This Washington Post article is eye-opening.
Covid-19 is rampaging through the country’s jails and prisons. As of last week, the Marshall Project documented more than 9,400 cases of covid-19 in U.S. jails and prisons, with more than 140 deaths. A Twitter account tracking prison data puts the figure higher — more than 18,000 staff and prisoners infected in the 45 states providing data. The known infection rate in jails in prisons is about 2½ times higher than in the general population, and as of this week, eight of the 10 largest outbreaks in the country have been at correctional facilities.