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"Report finds systemic issues increase COVID-19 cases in incarcerated communities," by Kalani Seymore and Shaanth Nanguneri, Daily Bruin, April 10, 2022
"As jails suspend in-person visitation, expensive video and phone calls fill the void," by Mollie Bryant, Big If True, January 06, 2022
"Rising covid cases — once again — halt jury trials," by Dan Morse, Washington Post, January 07, 2022
"N.J. jail to pause in-person and attorney visits due to COVID surge," by Steven Rodas, NJ.com, December 24, 2021
"Omicron Has Arrived. Many Prisons and Jails Are Not Ready.," by Beth Schwartzapel and Keri Blakinger, The Marshall Project, December 22, 2021
"Life on the ward: how do you care for Covid patients in prison?," by Caitlin Cassidy, The Guardian, December 19, 2021
"Opinion: Jail data shows that rates of re-offense didn’t change with more releases," by Shawn Vestal, The Spokesman-Review, November 21, 2021
"NJ’s Cut Its Prison Population By 40% During 11 Months Of the Pandemic," by Karen Yi, Gothamist, November 22, 2021
"COVID vaccines offering some relief for kids held in juvenile detention," by Sarah Cassi, MSN News, November 13, 2021
"More than a million prisoners have been released during COVID-19, but it’s not enough," by Katherine Bruce-Lockhart, The Conversation, November 09, 2021
"Jail Covid," Courthouse News Service, November 03, 2021
"Why U.S. pandemic management has failed: lack of attention to America’s epidemic engines," by Eric Reinhart, STAT, October 05, 2021
"Authorities Scramble to Cope With Pandemic-Driven Increase at Rikers Jail," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, September 17, 2021
"Opinion: Confinement and COVID-19: A Plea for Humanity for People in Prison," by Shira Kieval, Alexandria Soybel, Zackary Berger, and Panagis Galiatsatos, Newsweek, September 17, 2021
"Here are the men who died from COVID-19 in Utah’s prisons," by Jessica Miller and Nate Carlisle, Salt Lake Tribune, September 13, 2021