Addressing the Public Health Crisis of U.S. Carceral Facilities: An Integrated and Equitable Approach
The SARS-CoV-2 virus and resultant coronavirus disease (COVID19) have caused unprecedented suffering among incarcerated individuals since the beginning of the pandemic. Vaccines are a necessary but insufficient component to what should be a comprehensive, immediate, and ethical response to COVID-19 in carceral settings across the United States.
“Covid-19 has exposed the inadequacy of the public health infrastructure in the United States and forced us to confront associated biosocial dynamics that are driving the pandemic, including poverty, structural racism, distrust, unequal access to health care, and other social sources. But perhaps no collective preexisting condition has been more acute and preventable than that associated with the U.S. system of mass incarceration.”