CBS Reports on Prison & Jails in the time of the Coronavirus

As our blog discussed on March 23, 2020, we realize at this moment many families will be impacted even more intensely by the barriers in communication and the already negligent health care services in our U.S. carceral facilities. We wanted a highlight the video done by CBS News with the "Sunday Morning" Special Contributor Ted Koppel where he notes in particular how jails and prisons are toxic breeding grounds for COVID-19. With confinement and social distancing impossible, he interviews former inmates and social justice advocates about addressing the pandemic crisis inside the nation's correctional facilities. Featuring an interview with Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black author, speaking to the call for early releases for people inside prisons to speaking with Earlonne Woods from Ear Hustle, a podcast from San Quentin. Earlonne speaks to the punitive response prisons have to a crisis like this—when incarcerated people get sick, they are sent to solitary confinement. Full link to the video:


Other resources about the impacts of Coronavirus on incarcerated people:

Ear Hustle Podcast


The Marshall Project’s reporting on Coronavirus:

How To Hide a COVID-19 Hotspot? Pretend Prisoners Don’t Exist

What Women Dying In Prison From COVID-19 Tell Us About Female Incarceration



Riley Hewko, Esq.


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