At least 1 in 6 of all COVID-19 cases in Illinois’ communities are linked to spread from a single jail. Nationally, we cycle 5 million people through jail every year. If the study’s findings roughly hold in other places, this may produce as many as 10.7 million additional COVID-19 cases and many thousands of deaths in the US. – Eric Reinhart
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Episode: Unnecessary arrests, Unnecessary deaths: Incarceration and COVID 19, a conversation with Eric Reinhart
The U.S. has seen another significant surge of COVID19 cases, and as the U.S. navigates these shifting conditions research about the virus and how it spreads continues to be shared. Research has shown that jails and prisons remain a key site through which the virus spreads. In the article “Incarceration and Its Disseminations: COVID-19 Pandemic Lessons From Chicago’s Cook County Jail” in the journal Health Affairs, Eric Reinhart and Daniel Chen analyzed data from Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois, one of the largest known nodes of Covid 19 spread in Illinois and the US, and found that the jailing cycle, which is the process of authorities arresting, booking and then releasing low level offenders, was one of the most significant predictors of the spread of Coronavirus.
To provide us more perspective on the study and Covid 19 and incarceration I am pleased to have researcher Eric Reinhart on political encounters/encuentros políticos.
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Eric Reinhart (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an MD candidate at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
Jacobin Magazine. (2020, June 27). When you arrest as many people as we do, you cannot protect against infectious spread [Blog]. https://jacobinmag.com/2020/06/coronavirus-jails-prisons-cook-county-spread
Reinhart, E., & Chen, D. (2020). Incarceration and its disseminations: COVID-19 pandemic lessons from Chicago’s Cook County jail. Health Affairs, 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00652. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00652