Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails in the United States



  • Hawk at al, in an opinion piece about COVID-19 in prisons and jails in the US, detail the challenges of social distancing in prisons and jails and the prisoners at high risk for severe infection and death. The authors discuss the effects COVID-19 on prison health care systems, solutions to mitigate harm, and preparing prisoners for release into the community. They conclude that the justice system needs an aggressive and proactive measures to minimize the catastrophe brewing in prisons and jails.

Hawk et al. (April 29, 2020). COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails in the United States. JAMA Internal Medicine.