National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice: Recommendations for Response & Future Readiness   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "More than 6.9 million people have been infected and over 200,000 have died. Social and recreational gatherings of all kinds have been curtailed. Businesses have closed. Schools have suspended in-person teaching. Millions are out of work, out of school, and those who remain are often working, learning, and socializing from home. Criminal justice agencies, organizations, their staffs, and justice-involved populations have not been spared. Almost overnight, the operations of criminal justice agencies were dramatically altered in order to preserve both safety and health. While contingency plans were in place, none contemplated a public health crisis of this speed and magnitude. The virus was quick and deadly, spreading primarily through respiratory droplets that are difficult to contain. In addition, criminal justice leaders were challenged by a lack of credible and consistent guidance, resulting in a patchwork of plans and policies nationwide."

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