Youth Justice Under the Coronavirus: Linking Public Health Protections with the Movement for Youth Decarceration   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "According to data collected by The Sentencing Project, COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] cases have been reported among incarcerated youth in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In five states, more than 100 incarcerated youth have tested positive. Four staff members working in juvenile facilities have died from the virus. [...] This report summarizes lessons learned through the first months of the pandemic, focusing on system responses, both positive and negative, to slow the virus's spread and to protect the safety and wellbeing of youth in the juvenile justice system while keeping the public informed. Drops in admissions during the pandemic, alongside decisions to release youth at a higher rate than during ordinary times, buttress the long-standing case that youth incarceration is largely unnecessary. Jurisdictions must limit the virus's damage by further reducing the number of incarcerated youth."

2020 The Sentencing Project
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