COVID-19 and the U.S. Prison System

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson spoke today about releasing some inmates at the DC jail because of the COVID-19 threat. Last month, 50 non-violent offenders were released from the Prince George’s County jail to help with social distancing.  Just today… an employee from the Montgomery County Department of Corrections tested positive.  It’s reminder that corrections workers are also at risk.   What’s being done to protect the incarcerated from the coronavirus?

Resources:

Free and Safe Prison Initiative

Thomas B. Harvey, Justice Project Director, Advancement Project

Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton, (D) District of Columbia