Out of sight, out of mind: Lessons from COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter for Criminal Justice Reform

Locked behind bars, forced into overcrowded rooms, and lacking basic sanitary equipment such as soap, tensions rise as inmates fear for their lives. Social distancing in prison is impossible. “We’re just waiting to die here,” are the words of one 61-year-old detainee.  The vast majority of offenders commit low-level, non-violent crimes, and they are imprisoned …

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