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Incarceration and COVID-19: Recommendations to Curb COVID-19 Disease Transmission in Prison Facilities and Surrounding Communities

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Public Health Division, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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TruEvolution, Riverside, CA 92501, USA
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City of North Miami City Council, Miami, FL 33161, USA
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California Rehabilitation Oversight Commission, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
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College of Medicine & College of Science and Health, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA 90059, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9790; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189790
Received: 29 June 2021 / Revised: 1 September 2021 / Accepted: 15 September 2021 / Published: 17 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Developing Interventions to Address Health Disparities)
Overcrowding can increase the risk of disease transmission, such as that of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), within United States prisons. The number of COVID-19 cases among prisoners is higher than that among the general public, and this disparity is further increased for prisoners of color. This report uses the example case of the COVID-19 pandemic to observe prison conditions and preventive efforts, address racial disparities for people of color, and guide structural improvements for sustaining inmate health during a pandemic in four select states: California, New York, Illinois, and Florida. To curb the further spread of COVID-19 among prisoners and their communities, safe public health practices must be implemented including providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing of staff and inmates, disseminating culturally and language appropriate information regarding the pandemic and preventive precautions, introducing social distancing measures, and ensuring adequate resources to safely reintegrate released prisoners into their communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; incarceration; health disparities; racial disparities; public health; disease transmission COVID-19; incarceration; health disparities; racial disparities; public health; disease transmission
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Natoli, L.J.; Vu, K.L.; Sukhija-Cohen, A.C.; Engeran-Cordova, W.; Maldonado, G.; Galvin, S.; Arroyo, W.; Davis, C. Incarceration and COVID-19: Recommendations to Curb COVID-19 Disease Transmission in Prison Facilities and Surrounding Communities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9790. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189790

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Natoli LJ, Vu KL, Sukhija-Cohen AC, Engeran-Cordova W, Maldonado G, Galvin S, Arroyo W, Davis C. Incarceration and COVID-19: Recommendations to Curb COVID-19 Disease Transmission in Prison Facilities and Surrounding Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9790. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189790

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Natoli, Lauren J., Kathy L. Vu, Adam C. Sukhija-Cohen, Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Gabriel Maldonado, Scott Galvin, William Arroyo, and Cynthia Davis. 2021. "Incarceration and COVID-19: Recommendations to Curb COVID-19 Disease Transmission in Prison Facilities and Surrounding Communities" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9790. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189790

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