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Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of COVID-19 Behind BarsPublished on May 6, 2021
The New York Times reported on the deadly impact of the coronavirus on people incarcerated in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers, where 2,700 have died from the pandemic. Profiled in the piece are several individuals – including Texans – who died after either being approved for release by a parole board or while being held in jail pre-trial.
Mortality In Local Jails, 2000-2018Published on April 29, 2021
From the Bureau of Justice Statistics: From 2017 to 2018, the number of deaths in local jails rose by 2% across the country, reaching a record high of 1,120 individuals. Nearly half of the deaths were due to illnesses, followed by suicide and drug or alcohol intoxication.
The Pandemic Gender Gap Behind Bars: Meeting the Needs of Women in Custody During COVID-19 and Planning for the FuturePublished on May 4, 2021
Alycia Welch and Michele Deitch from the LBJ School of Public Affairs take a national look at how the coronavirus pandemic has affected incarcerated women. They note that common characteristics in women who are incarcerated – like previous trauma, unaddressed behavioral and physical health issues, experiences as single mothers and as low-income persons of color – have made them particularly vulnerable.
Police violence is a leading cause of death for young Black men, but it doesn’t top the listPublished on April 29, 2021
PolitiFact checked into this comment made by New York State Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn: "Law enforcement violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men and women in the US."
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