Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Decarcerating Correctional Facilities during COVID-19: Advancing Health, Equity, and Safety

Committee on Law and Justice, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academy of Sciences

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Peer Review Study

Policy Change/ Development
Neighborhood and Built Environment
Social and Community Context
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Infrastructure Support

This report examines decarceration as a public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. People in correctional facilities are more susceptible to COVID-19 for a wide variety of reasons, including overcrowding and higher rates of pre-existing conditions. Public health agencies can advocate for these decarceration policies or participate directly in discharge planning or health care provision to these vulnerable populations.

Resource Details

Outcomes of Interest

Advancing Racial Equity, Improve Organizational Infrastructure, Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

People Who Are Incarcerated

Setting(s) of Implementation

Correctional Facility

Geographic Area of Implementation

Implementation Period