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Coronavirus Guidance for Jails, Prisons, Immigration Detention and Youth Facilities

Coronavirus Guidance for Jails, Prisons, Immigration Detention and Youth Facilities

Vera Institute of Justice and Community Oriented Correctional Health Services. Guidance for preventive and responsive measures to coronavirus for jails, prisons, immigration detention and youth facilities. New York: Vera Institute of Justice, 2020.

“The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. As the number of people infected in the United States grows exponentially, we must focus on prevention and containment in the criminal and immigration legal systems. Vera and Community Oriented Correctional Health Services have created a series of fact sheets to guide actors in these systems, who have a unique and critical role to play. Adopting the recommendations in these documents will help protect and care for the millions of vulnerable people who make contact with, and the staff who work for, the nation’s courts, police departments, prisons, jails, and detention centers.”

Click here to read the guidance. 

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