Bloomberg Law
May 29, 2020, 8:51 AM

Pandemic-Era Prison Releases a ‘Tipping Point’ for Reformers

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

Covid-19 has ravaged the nation’s prisons. Scores of inmates are dead. More are sick. And the healthy ones are at risk daily, despite calls for federal and state officials across all three branches of government to do more to save lives.

Sixty-four federal inmates have died from the disease as of May 28, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons data. Thousands more along with hundreds of staff have tested positive.

With a still-rising clamor for action, the coronavirus pandemic has prompted people including Attorney General William Barr to support the release of some inmates who would’ve stayed locked up ...

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