Remote Inspection of the CORE Services Group, Inc.'s Brooklyn House Residential Reentry Center, Brooklyn, New York [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Introduction: "On March 23, 2020, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] issued guidance specific to correctional institutions, noting that the confined nature of correctional facilities, combined with their congregate environments, 'heighten[s] the potential for COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] to spread once introduced' into a facility. Although the BOP [Bureau of Prisons] houses the majority of its inmates in prisons, it may also place certain eligible inmates under the supervision of RRCs [Residential Reentry Center]--commonly known as halfway houses--which are contracted to supervise inmates who are generally nearing release and to help prepare them for their transition back into the community. [...] One of these facilities was Brooklyn House RRC, which provides reentry services in Brooklyn, New York, and is operated by CORE Services Group, Inc. (CORE). Brooklyn was one of the areas hit hardest nationally by COVID-19 in March 2020, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Between May 4 and June 22, the DOJ OIG [Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General] conducted a remote inspection of the Brooklyn House RRC to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected this facility and to assess the steps its management officials took to prepare for, prevent, and manage COVID-19 transmission. We evaluated whether the policies and practices of CORE and Brooklyn House RRC complied with BOP directives intended to control the transmission of COVID-19 within each facility, as well as general guidance publicly available from the CDC."
Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Pandemic Response Report 21-006