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How Should Prisons and Jails Prepare for COVID-19?

Prisons and jails are confronted with unique challenges as they work to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 for incarcerated people and correctional staff.

In addition to the obvious problem of housing so many in close quarters, prison and jail leadership must strike a balance between maintaining order and safety while providing the best possible care to and upholding the basic human rights of incarcerated people.

Jails and prisons are dangerous places during outbreaks

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