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States of emergency: The failure of prison system responses to COVID-19

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Nearly 18 months into the pandemic, COVID-19 is still claiming lives behind bars. But a lack of transparency and consistency from state governments makes it hard to track — and compare — how states are addressing this crisis.

Our report States of Emergency fills this gap, aiming to bring attention back to the dangers incarcerated people face during the pandemic. We compile data along 16 factors to offer a state-by-state review of how prisons have responded to COVID-19 as of July 2021.

States of Incarceration: The Global Context

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We also have a parallel report focused on the incarceration of women.

Mass incarceration, state by state

Learn about the national prison crisis and how we can begin to turn the tide on mass incarceration. Then, drill down to your state.

If our work is new to you, you might want to check out our 2020-2021 annual report.

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