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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.

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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 […]

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See update published on September 8, 2020.

In April 2020, more people died while incarcerated by the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) than in any month over the past five years. On average, between 2015 and July 2020, 3.1 people died per month in MADOC prisons. Before this year, the highest number of deaths […]

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On March 28th, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reported the first death of someone in their custody: Patrick Jones, a 49-year old man held at Oakdale FCI in Louisiana, who had “complained of a persistent cough.” In the press release announcing Jones’s death, the BOP noted that he was evaluated by their staff on March […]

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A worrying symptom of the coronavirus is the opportunity it presents for leaders to enact authoritarian policies, threatening already ailing democracies around the world. One leader who has proven to be quite the opportunist is Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and his party, Fidesz. In March, before a herd of mask-clad parliamentarians, Orbán presented the Coronavirus Protection […]

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Today, the divide between those who the Kenyan state recognizes and those it does not is being felt in new, potentially harmful ways as the Covid-19 response reinforces existing fault lines of power and access. This blog examines four risks for identity-based exclusion in Kenya’s pandemic response, and how ongoing struggles for inclusion will impact […]

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