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Short Update: The Brennan Center makes recommendations to reduce prison population during the COVID-19 Pandemic

FairTrialsAdmin - May 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases, Prison conditions

The Brennan Center for Justice (New York University) has compiled the policy responses and practices of all levels of US criminal justice system in addressing the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Center highlights good practices and suggests some recommendations to dramatically reduce the incarcerated population and mitigate the devastating consequences of the crisis. Recommendations include the following: 

  • Prisons, jails, and other correctional authorities must make every effort to release unnecessarily incarcerated people and improve healthcare and conditions of confinement. 

  • Police responses to COVID-19 should focus on community safety and reducing arrests. 

  • Prosecutors must use their discretion to divert people away from the system or to less restrictive sanctions. 

  • Courts and municipalities should prioritize policies that lessen the burden of court-imposed fees and fines on our citizens. 
      

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