Public health, Public safety…

May 18, 2020

(Ed note: Both these organizations are very reputable in research and advocacy in the United States and may be helpful in the pursuits of similar objectives in Canada where the scene is much the same for the threat of Coronavirus and prisoners.  We offer it as a special notice in the light of the timeline.)


VERA Institute (US) – The Sentencing Project

The Public Health and Public Safety Foundations for Broad Prison Depopulation in a Pandemic

May 20, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Medical experts have recommended urgently depopulating prisons to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among incarcerated individuals, correctional staff, and their families. But so far, policymakers and correctional leaders have only modestly applied this guidance to reduce prison populations. This webinar examines the medical foundation for this guidance, criminological research supporting broad decarceration–including for people with violent convictions, and insights into current prison conditions and advocacy efforts.

Carlos Franco-Paredes, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease at University of Colorado
Sonja Starr, Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law at the University of Michigan
Sam Lewis, Executive Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition in California
Moderator: Nazgol Ghandnoosh, The Sentencing Project

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