COVID- 19 in Prisons and Jails are unprepared and may now be forced to recommend, in some cases alternative diversion sentences and/or home confinement.
I can only believe that the PSR could play a significant roll in this process.
Six feet apart, unlikely
COVID-19 in Prisons (Federal, State) and Jails, like Cruise Ships, unfortunately, act as perfect breeding grounds for any kind of virus and especially one that currently has no treatment protocols.
Summary: COVID-19 In Prisons
Provides Current Reported Cases of COVID-19. Use our interactive web-based map to track cases of the virus around the world
Recent Press Releases:
May 15, 2020 (Marshall Project)
For Mentally Ill Defendants, Coronavirus Means Few Safe Options
While their mental health deteriorates, some are stuck in jail as hospitals are decreasing admissions to prevent the spread of infections
April 17, 2020
In prisons and jails across the deep south, coronavirus threatens to overwhelm
chronically underfunded, understaffed and overpopulated facilities
Mar 21, 2020;
Forbes; Can US Prisons React Fast Enough To COVID-19? By Walter Pavlo
March 22, 2020;
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Hajjar – – wrote that no inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, NY or any other federal facility had tested positive for the coronavirus. What she failed to mention is that the BOP was not doing any testing of prisoners. ByJ.J. O’Hara
At least 38 people in New York City jails have contracted the virus. Associated Press
First federal prisoner, in Brooklyn, tests positive for COVID-19. Associated Press
Florida beaches covered with 1000’s on spring break, 2020.
The Marshall Project, 3-19-2020
‘Those 55 and older are a growing share of the people in prisons. They’re also the most at risk as coronavirus spreads.’ By WEIHUA LI and NICOLE LEWIS
Couple this with the unprecedented delay of the federal government to act in any manner to assist state governors since January 2020, COVID-19 has exploded across the country exponentially! These same prisons and jails are already overcrowded, resulting in a healthcare disaster ready to get out of control.
Marshall Project: “Jails are perfect incubators for COVID-19.” By Cary Aspinwall, Keri Blakinger, Abbie VanSickle and Christie Thompson
ICE Now could be another vector waiting to explode, impacting immigrants and ICE officers alike. While ICE claims to “have a plan”, the horse has already left the barn.