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The SAFER Plan: Preventing the Spread of Communicable Disease in the Criminal Justice System

The SAFER Plan: Preventing the Spread of Communicable Disease in the Criminal Justice System

The Reform Alliance. “The SAFER Plan: Preventing the Spread of Communicable Disease in The Criminal Justice System.” The Reform Alliance, March 19, 2020.

This plan, created in partnership with a wide range of national criminal justice reform agencies, system impacted people, and experts provide recommendations of steps for correctional agencies to take to make safer jails and prisons—and ultimately a safer public—during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics in the plan include:

  • Medical copays and waitlists for medical care
  • Availability of PPE and other hygiene items
  • Cleaning shared spaces
  • Jails and courtrooms
  • Alternatives to incarceration
  • Testing
  • Procedures for suspected and confirmed cases
  • Earned time credits
  • Programming
  • Lockdowns
  • Community supervision.

Ultimately these organizations recommend agencies:

S–> Suspend jail for technical violations; Suspend probation office visits and payment of fines

A–> Adopt smart alternatives to incarceration and contact visitation

F–> Free medical visits and treatment, hand sanitizer, soap, and protective gear

E –> Extra precautions for correction officers and staff

R–> Release elderly and vulnerable people to home confinement

 Click here to view the recommendations.


The SAFER Plan was created by the Reform Alliance in partnership with experts, criminal justice system impacted people, correctional officers and administrators, probation and parole officers, and the following organizations

  • American Conservative Union
  • Americans for Prosperity
  • Cut50
  • Due Process Institute
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition
  • FAMM
  • FreedomWorks
  • James Madison Institute
  • Justice Action Network
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Urban League
  • R Street
  • Right on Crime

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