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COVID-19 and the US Criminal Justice System: Evidence for Public Health Measures to Reduce Risk
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10/15/2020
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020
2 - 3 pm ET

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Join the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health as they release a new report detailing COVID-19’s impact on the nation’s criminal justice system. The report, prepared in partnership with the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, provides evidence-based recommendations to reduce the risk of infection for people who work in and are confined by the system.


According to the new report, which will be released on Thursday, COVID-19 outbreaks are growing fast in carceral facilities (jail, prisons, and detention centers). As of June 6, 2020, the COVID-19 case rate in prisons was 5.5 times higher and the age-adjusted death rate was 3 times higher than that of the overall US population.


The US criminal justice system is highly susceptible to the spread of COVID-19 because of the structure of carceral facilities, which propagates the spread of respiratory infections, and the comorbidities of many incarcerated individuals. The current system and operations of facilities of incarceration are not able to protect incarcerated individuals from COVID-19. Changes are urgently needed to diminish the risk of transmission and provide the standard of care to those who have been infected with this disease.


You are invited to join us for a crucial discussion on the report findings and recommendations.


Moderator:
• Tom Inglesby, MD, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security


Speakers:
• Thomas Abt, Director, National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice
• Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
• Henri Garrison-Desany, Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
• Crystal Watson, DrPH, MPH, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security