During a pandemic of an infectious microbe, the idea that we are at ‘war’ with an ‘invisible enemy’ or ‘invader’ is pervasive. It’s a routine figure of speech for politicians and commentators, even some public health officials. Echoing the elaborate metaphor used for the body’s immune system’s response to an unfamiliar bacterium or virus, the […]Continue Reading →
Since the first COVID-19 vaccines were made available, Israel has received worldwide praise for the efficacy of its vaccine rollout. It is currently the country with the highest percentage of population having received at least the first dose of a vaccine, over 36 percent. While Israel’s rollout is undeniably the fastest, […]Continue Reading →
Drawing on her personal story, social justice leader Cassandra Bensahih discusses why solitary — in all of its forms — needs to be ended, and addresses the profound crisis of COVID in MA prisons.Continue Reading →
In this interview, Borden explains her journey from being incarcerated to becoming a community leader. She argues that gaining self-understanding by processing her own trauma was key to transforming her life–and to her the decision to dedicate herself to helping others.Continue Reading →
COVID-19 and the policies designed to counter it in American prisons pose distinct medical, emotional, psychological, and economic threats for incarcerated women and their families. Drawing on analysis of 138 women’s state and federal prisons across the United States, coupled with review of research on women’s prisons, and detailed profiles of the hardest hit facilities with insights from the women incarcerated inside them, this paper provides unique insight on the impacts of COVID-19 behind bars.Continue Reading →
UPDATE Sept. 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.: DOC contacted me directly to provide additional details on cause of death related to those who died in April 2020. The below essay was updated to reflect this additional information.
Writing on September 1 on this blog, I presented previously unreleased data from the Massachusetts Department of […]Continue Reading →
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