“Horrible here”: how systemic failures of transparency have hidden the impacts of COVID-19 on incarcerated women
In this report, we highlight trends from inside women’s prisons during the pandemic and draw attention to the lack of transparency from carceral agencies regarding COVID-19 in their women’s facilities. By sharing personal accounts drawn from the first-person oral history archive created by UCI PrisonPandemic, we also seek to elevate the voices and experiences of some of the women behind the data we present.
November 17th, 2021 • Aparna Komarla
California is one of only three states where a state agency, the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), has been tasked with collecting, aggregating, and reporting COVID-19 data from local jails. However, the BSCC's data are missing key information, such as the numbers of incarcerated people and staff who have been vaccinated. In this report, the Covid In-Custody Project shares some of its primary concerns with the BSCC's data collection efforts and with the vaccination data the project has collected directly from county jails.
Nearly 50,000 people in federal prisons have been infected with COVID-19, and at least 256 people have died. We conducted a deeper analysis of the pandemic inside federal prisons and identified several alarming patterns behind these numbers: across the federal prison system, outbreaks have been frequent, wide-reaching, and extremely quick to spread.
Jails and prisons have been dangerously undertesting their populations for COVID-19. That not only means cases have gone undetected and multiplied, but also that we don't know just how prevalent the virus has been. Our own analysis makes clear that true infection rates are likely much higher those reported.
Even low levels of community spread continue to pose a deadly threat to people in immigration detention.
April 20th, 2021 • medRxiv
A study from our team finding that life expectancy among people incarcerated in Florida state prisons has dropped by more than four years, from 77.9 to 73.8 years, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 8th, 2020 • JAMA Network
A study using our data finding that, from March to June, 2020, the COVID-19 case rate for incarcerated people was 5.5 times higher than the overall US population case rate. Their age-adjusted death rate was 3.0 times higher.