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"Human Rights Group Alleges ‘Deplorable Conditions’ At Several Georgia Prisons Amid Pandemic," by Grace Walker, WABE, October 20, 2020
"San Quentin Ordered to Reduce Prison Population by Half Over Virus Fears," by Rebecca Griesbach and Timothy Williams, New York Times, October 21, 2020
"Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons," by Kelly Davis, The Appeal, October 21, 2020
"Inside the COVID unit at the world’s largest women’s prison," by Ko Bragg and Kate Sosin, PBS NewsHour and The 19th, October 19, 2020
"California ordered to halve San Quentin population after showing 'deliberate indifference,' court says," by Jeremy B. White, Politico, October 20, 2020
"Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons," by Kelly Davis, The Appeal, October 19, 2020
"Changes ‘Urgently Needed’ on COVID-19 in Prisons, Jails, Experts Say," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, October 15, 2020
"Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons," by Kelly Davis, The Appeal, October 17, 2020
"Rural Jails Reel as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass 8 Million," By Lucy Tompkins, Maura Turcotte and Libby Seline, New York Times, October 16, 2020
"Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons," by Kelly Davis, The Appeal, October 14, 2020
"Pandemic in Prison," by Courthouse News Service, Courthouse News Service, October 13, 2020
"Amid pandemic, Minnesota prisoners remain warehoused in county jails to make space for distancing," by Liz Sawyer and Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, October 11, 2020
"A Super-Spreader Jail Keeps Sparking COVID Outbreaks Across the U.S.," by Keegan Hamilton, VICE, October 13, 2020
"Access to Health Care for Inmates Worsened Since Pandemic, Webinar Told," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, October 12, 2020
"The Constitution Is On Pause in America’s Courtrooms," by Jessica A. Roth, The Atlantic, October 10, 2020