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Prisons mistreat loved ones’ belongings after their deaths, some families say

Families report that correctional staff have mishandled or neglected their relatives’ personal effects after their deaths, adding pain to already tragic circumstances. During the pandemic, more and more families have become familiar with the especially devastating consequences of losing a loved one behind bars, whether of COVID-19 or of other causes.

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February 25th, 2021

New Analysis Reveals Devastating Toll of COVID-19 on Prison Employees

A new article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has found that staff of U.S. prisons are three times as likely to contract COVID-19 as the general U.S. population. The study’s authors cross-referenced data collected by the UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project with publicly available personnel data from state and federal departments of corrections to measure the scale of what they called an “unprecedented occupational hazard” for employees of American prisons.

February 18th, 2021

Who’s Getting the Vaccine Behind Bars?

As COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available to more and more people across the United States, one especially vulnerable population is often left behind: people who are incarcerated.

February 17th, 2021

Which State and Federal Carceral Systems Report COVID-19 Data?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project has been collecting COVID-19 data from the online dashboards maintained by correctional agencies nationwide. These agencies vary in what and how much data they publicly report. We’ve created visualizations to highlight the gaps in reporting by state and federal correctional agencies as of February 17, 2021.

February 16th, 2021

Vaccine Guide in Prison Legal News

This month, the UCLA Law COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project published an article in Prison Legal News addressing common concerns about the coronavirus vaccines among incarcerated people deciding whether to be vaccinated.