COVID-19 Pandemic and Criminal Justice
Since pandemics, multiple community sectors malfunction due to the limits and the risks of getting the virus. Many organizations have been closing up so that not to put their employees to danger. Yet, one sector with a mass population involved has not undergone changes for a long time: the prisons have functioned as always from the beginning of the pandemics. As a result, the incarcerated have gotten the virus, and some eventually died. This has become evident for the administrators, and some corrections have followed: people have been recently released from the jails so that not to overcrowd them.
The problem with the prisons, thus, was the inability of its administrators to provide the necessary changes to prevent the deaths of the incarcerated; the situation has not changed for almost two years. Since multiple prisoners already had other health problems, their immune system weakened and could not withstand the virus. The participants of the events are the incarcerated; among them are not only the violent criminals but people who wait for their sentence or the realization of the parole program. These, obviously, are not satisfied with the situation and believe this to be a violation of their human rights. The relatives and friends of the incarcerated hold similar views. However, some people believe that it is not safe to release the incarcerated even in the face of lethal illness.
In the end, the situation was resolved by the implementation of the release programs. Yet, these corrections were not realized in all states, especially the ones with a negative view of the prisoners. I think that the media have sufficiently covered the topic since there exist multiple official reports and comments that could be trusted. Evidently, I have not noticed much controversy or attention to the situation from the mass public. The reason for this might be other important agenda and the understanding that the issue of overcrowding is genuinely burdening in the US.