Prisons and Jails are unprepared; COVID-19

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

6' apart, unlikely

Why; because 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.

‘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 with The Marshall Project, 3-19-2020

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 expodentially! These same prisons and jails are already overcrowded, resulting in a healthcare disaster ready to get out of control.

Also from the 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.
While some states have canceled prisoner work-release programs, and all states have banned or strictly limited prison visitation, prison workers at North Carolina chicken plants are still at their posts. Are these same chickens ok for us to eat?
Florida beaches covered with 1000’s on spring break.
All of this while COVID-19 is spreading across our country and the world. As a growing number of state governors urged all of us to Shelter in Place, in Florida, their beaches were covered with 1000’s on spring break.
You ask why and I have no idea. But these revelers are now on their way home to spread the virus throughout their families, friends and fellow workers’ personal space. Yet another vector.
The spread of COVID-19 from these beaches will ultimately whether direct or indirectly impact our prison system.
In Summary: COVID-19 In Prisons
If at all possible for defendants facing their sentencing hearing, the PSR properly completed may be able to provide the court with another option, as opposed to being incarcerated. Because once detained, it may be too late should the defendant be older than 55/60, along with having other medical compromising factors.
John Hopkins has a Live Interactive Dashboard
Provides Current Reported Cases of COVID-19. Use our interactive web-based map to track cases of the virus around the world

UpToDate/Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Recent Press Releases:

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

3-23-2020;

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

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