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May 31, 2020

"Proposed Public Health and Public Safety Pathways for Criminal Justice System Responses to Covid-19"

The title of this post is the title of this effective short document produced by a number of organizations involved in both criminal justice administration and public health.  Here is how it gets started:

A wide array of criminal justice stakeholders have come together to call for a public health-oriented approach to the COVID-19 crisis. The key recommendations are as follows:

 1.  Release of people who are incarcerated, based on clear public health recommendations and release criteria, is a critical intervention to limit the spread of disease.

 2.  Limiting new admissions to closed correctional settings is an equally critical component of reducing disease transmission for the protection of our communities.

 3.  Violations of COVID-19-related directives and orders should be addressed with a public health approach, rather than with criminalization and law enforcement surveillance.

 4.  Innovations that promote integration of public health priorities into the justice system already exist and may help local jurisdictions in their responses, including specialty courts, evidence-based models of correctional health care, and dedicated re-entry services.

 5.  Connections among public health organizations, researchers, and criminal justice stakeholders are necessary to manage health crises in custodial settings and should endure beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 31, 2020 at 06:51 PM | Permalink


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