Anna Flagg, The Appeal
June 3, 2020
This article discusses the spread of coronavirus in jails across the country as well as how officials should best respond to such outbreaks. Importantly, Flagg points out that the introduction of a global pandemic has forced the criminal justice system to think about alternatives to incarceration.
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The virus has led to fast and unprecedented reductions in jail populations, and reformers are witnessing the nation’s jail system make the types of changes they’ve been told for years are impossible. After the last three months, legal experts and advocates have the same question: If jails can do it, can other parts of the country’s vast justice system change, too?