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"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
"How Kansas Prisons Dodged A Delta COVID Surge After Getting Hit Hard Early In The Pandemic," by Blaise Mesa, KCUR, September 14, 2021
"As COVID-19 Spreads, Dallas County Jail Inmate Sounds Alarm over Grim Living Conditions," by Michael Murney, Dallas Observer, September 13, 2021
"Incarceration after COVID: how the pandemic could permanently change jails and prisons," by Robert Chappell, WTMJ-TV, August 01, 2021
"Four Ways The Pandemic Made Us Rethink Our Criminal Legal System," by Insha Rahman, Forbes, August 01, 2021
"Vaccinated prisoners, unvaccinated guards illustrate Biden's tricky road," by Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters, July 29, 2021
"Courts Everywhere Are Masking Up and Watching Out Over Delta Variant Spread," by ALM Staff, National Law Journal, July 30, 2021