There are numerous public officials that can play a role in protecting the health and safety of our communities by reducing the jail population during this pandemic. When an Arrest Becomes a Death Sentence identifies the key front-end criminal justice system actors responsible for shaping the jail population and the actions they can take to protect everyone’s health and safety.
To successfully address the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., we must significantly reduce our jail population. Addressing pretrial detention enables us to protect public safety and improves our criminal justice system. These measures can be implemented quickly and will significantly improve safety for the staff and individuals held in jails, and result in a significant improvement in safety for us all.