Published on: Thursday, July 30, 2020
The public health crisis in our federal prisons and jails is only getting worse. A new factsheet prepared by Sentencing Resource Counsel, available here, includes links to sources and highlights that COVID-19 is ripping through Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and infecting incarcerated individuals, who are disproportionately Black and Hispanic, at a rate 5.95 times higher than the general population. It also sheds light on DOJ and BOP's inadequate use of home confinement and compassionate release, and how the crisis is impacting conditions of confinement for our clients who remain incarcerated.