History shows that prisons, jails, and detention centers are not designed to be sites of health care and well-being. They are sites of punishment with a track record of unethical, inhumane, and degrading treatment of individuals. These problems make even more important the need to 1) understand what COVID-19 is and 2) choose options that both safeguard constitutional rights and protect the health of your loved ones.
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.
History shows that prisons, jails, and detention centers are not designed to be sites of health care and well-being. This information sheet provides necessary information about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are incarcerated.