Justice Roundtable Publishes Comprehensive Recommendations for COVID-19 Response

The Justice Roundtable, a broad national criminal justice advocacy umbrella initiative with 14 subject-matter coalitions, recently published a comprehensive set of recommendations for criminal justice responses to the COVID-19 crisis. This document is an excellent reference covering many subjects that the Rethink Justice DC Coalition works on. A one-page summary of key issues was also published. Links to both are below.

DOWNLOAD FULL Justice Roundtable recommendations document

DOWNLOAD Justice Roundtable one-page recommendations summary [Updated May 29, 2020]

Online Resource: Covid-19 Correctional Policies & Responses

The UCLA School of Law has created databases that keep track of developments related to COVID-19 in prisons and jails nationwide. Launched amid the mounting coronavirus crisis — including reports of infections in high-risk places where large numbers of people are packed into tight quarters — the resources address two key areas.


Bureau of Prisons Director Carvajal Sends COVID-19 Memo to Federal Inmates

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Michael Carvajal, published a memo he sent directly to all inmates of the Federal Bureau of Prisons .


Congressional Research Service report: Federal Prisoners and COVID-19: Background and Authorities to Grant Release

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report titled Federal Prisoners and COVID-19: Background and Authorities to Grant Release.

The CRS report provides information on DOJ’s response to the threat of COVID-19 as it pertains to federal prisons and the authorities that may permit the release of some federal prisoners because of the pandemic.


Senators Feinstein and Booker Introduce Bill to Help State, Local Prisons Test, Treat COVID-19

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, today announced they will introduce the COVID–19 Correctional Facility Emergency Response Act. The bill will help state and local governments provide COVID-19 testing and treatment for individuals in state and local correctional facilities.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced companion legislation in the House. Last month, Senator Booker introduced a bill that would move thousands of vulnerable people in federal facilities out of prison to better protect them from the pandemic.


Safe and Effective Release and Reentry in the Time of Coronavirus

by Malcolm C. Young

Following up a thecrimereport.org article on this same subject, Mr. Young advocates for two changes: (more…)

How to Ensure Safe, Effective Release and Reentry in the Time of Coronavirus

This article is from thecrimereport.org.

Unless all jails and prisons are depopulated to the point that personal separation and hygiene can be brought in line with the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incarcerated people and corrections staff are at high risk of contracting Covid-19. Download the article using the link below. (more…)

Bureau of Prisons Announces Intent To Expand Use Of Home Confinement

Attorney General William P. Barr issued an order to the federal Bureau of Prisons “to expand the cohort of inmates who can be considered for home release upon my finding that emergency conditions are materially affecting the functioning of the Bureau of Prisons.”

AG Barr calls for home confinement for inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

Source: upi.com

Attorney General William Barr on Thursday issued a directive to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Thursday calling for at-risk prisoners to be sent home to reduce the inmate population and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The directive states that an inmate’s eligibility would be determined by their age and vulnerability to COVID-19, their conduct in prison and whether they have a “demonstrated and verifiable” re-entry plan.