The challenges of interpreting vaccination data reported by carceral agencies
The purpose of collecting vaccine data is twofold: for advocates and the broader public to hold carceral systems accountable, but also for public health experts to evaluate the level of immunity within a given facility and hence the likelihood of future outbreaks. For the latter, we need to know the percentage of people currently in a facility who have been partially and fully vaccinated, regardless of when, where, and from whom they received their vaccine.
A persistent lack of transparency and consistency
The UCLA Law COVID Behind Bars Data Project, launched in March 2020, tracks the spread and impact of the novel coronavirus in American carceral facilities and advocates for greater transparency and accountability around the pandemic response of the carceral system.