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Recommended Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the Covid-19 Crisis

Recommended Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the Covid-19 Crisis

Michelle Dietch. “Recommended Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the Covid-19 Crisis.” Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, March 20, 2020.

This guidance document incorporates recommendations for detention facilities from national experts in corrections and correctional health care, as well as from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Strategies include:

  • Reducing the jail population
  • Reducing the potential for transmission from the community into the facility (e.g., suspending family visitation, screening admissions and officers, encouraging the use of videoconferencing for court hearings, etc.)
  • Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in jails (e.g., hygiene and sanitation measures, social distancing, etc.)
  • Providing healthcare in suspected cases
  • Mitigating harm from restrictions (e.g., increase access to phone calls and video visits in light of suspended face-to-face visits)
  • Increasing information-sharing and transparency

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