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The SARS-CoV-2 virus and resultant coronavirus disease (COVID19) have caused unprecedented suffering among incarcerated individuals since the beginning of the pandemic. While many believe that widespread vaccination in carceral settings will solve the problem, this perspective underestimates the severity of the situation and mischaracterizes its driver. Vaccines are a necessary but insufficient component to what should be comprehensive, immediate, and ethical response to COVID-19 in carceral settings across the United States.
A number of advocates and experts stress that following structural changes are needed to address the above injustices. These structural changes include:
Community-Based Harm Reduction Strategies
Reorientation of State, Prosecutorial, and Carceral Positioning
Community-Carceral Health Principles