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Keeping Families Safe
and Together
During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus disproportionately endangers our most vulnerable communities.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the lives and livelihoods of people across the country, this unprecedented crisis demands urgent and continued action from our elected officials. In addition to massive economic relief for all of those affected, immediate action is needed to protect people currently incarcerated in our jails, prisons, immigration detention facilities, and refugee camps. Poor conditions in these facilities often make it impossible for proper social distancing measures and disease prevention, and these populations are especially vulnerable to the virus.

Racial Disparities in Incarceration and Coronavirus

New data from states and cities around the United States shows that Black and Latino people are getting sick and dying from the novel coronavirus at alarming, and heavily disproportionate, rates.

People of color in the United States are less likely to be insured, more likely to have existing health conditions, more likely to work in jobs that continue to expose them to the virus, and less likely to be tested and treated when ill.

All of these existing disparities are concentrated and compounded in America’s system of mass incarceration. High rates of infection and death among people of color are likely to get even higher as the coronavirus spreads through the nation’s jails and prisons.

COVID-19: State-Level Data

The numbers clearly show that COVID-19 in prisons is a public health crisis.

COVID-19 & Mississippi
Prisons

A Public Health Crisis in Arizona Prisons

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