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.
Eric Reinhart is lead health and justice systems researcher at Data and Evidence for Justice Reform (DE JURE), the World Bank. He is a political anthropologist, resident physician in the Physician Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and an advanced candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.
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.