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January 5, 2021 – Senator Elizabeth Warren, CHER’s Core Faculty Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and colleague, Dr. Kathryn Nowotny, Co-Founders of The COVID Prison Project, released an Op-Ed calling for more comprehensive data collection of incarcerated individuals and staff through the current bill, COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act. Mandated data collection would help with informing decision making and resource allocation regarding COVID-19 in prisons and jails.

“Importantly, the bill would also require data be disaggregated by demographic characteristics, including race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, disability and geography. The prison system disproportionately targets people of color at every step of the process, from arrest to incarceration to sentencing. Visibility on racial health disparities — disparities the pandemic has brought to national attention — is critical to dismantling them.”

Read the full Op-Ed here: