Omicron is coming for America’s overcrowded jails and prisons. Prioritizing vaccines for incarcerated people and rolling back our massive prison-industrial complex is good public health for everyone.
Eric Reinhart is an anthropologist of policing, prisons, and public health, a psychoanalyst, and a resident physician at Northwestern University. He is also a lead researcher in the Data and Evidence for Justice Reform program at the World Bank Research Group.
A new study shows that mass incarceration hasn’t just created a public health nightmare within US jails and prisons — COVID-19’s spread inside jails and prisons has spread through the rest of society. Ending mass incarceration is a dire public health concern for everyone.
A new study finds that American jails — not just prisons — are a major hot spot for spreading coronavirus. The solution is simple: stop arresting so many people.