Friday: Expert Panelists to Discuss COVID-19 Spread in Jails, Prisons

Join Duke Science & Society and our panel of experts in a discussion of how COVID-19 has spread through jails and prisons, how that is affecting not only inmates but also surrounding communities, what corrections officials are – and are not – doing to address COVID-19, and what should be done to improve health outcomes for and control the spread of COVID-19 among this often-forgotten population.

Congregate living spaces, and especially jails and prisons, have become COVID-19 hotspots due to ease of transmission and a lack of options for social distancing or quarantining. In our nation’s jails and prisons, inmates have little freedom of movement, often lack access to adequate hygiene and healthcare facilities, and may be unable to isolate if infected.

The event is co-Hosted with the Harvard Petrie-Flom Center For Bioethics, the Stanford Law School Center for Law and the Biosciences, The Marshall Project, the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law, and the Yale School of Public Health.

The panelists are Joesph Neff, Investigative Reporter with the Marshall Project; Maria Morris, J.D., a Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project; and Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Ph.D, an Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at UNC School of Medicine. Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett will moderate.