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Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Core Faculty and co-founder of COVID Prison Project, is quoted in several national and local news articles published in February addressing COVID-19 in correctional institutions. Click the links below to read more from each of these articles:

  • February 14 & 22, 2021 – Over 50% of prison staff in Massachusetts and 35% in North Carolina declined to get the COVID-19 vaccine, despite the disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19 in correctional settings.
  • February 16, 2020 –  Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein responds to the news about the new coronavirus variant detected in a Michigan Correctional Facility and the potential for it to disseminate rapidly. “When we see increased levels of contagiousness in spaces that are overcrowded that really do not lend themselves to social distancing, what we know is going to happen is that there will just be really an explosion of cases…And so it just means more cases, more rapid transmission, and more devastation for incarcerated people and staff that work in jails and prisons.” Read more. 
  • February 19, 2021 – The rising use of solitary confinement in the pandemic can be a deadly combination. Read more.
  • February 19, 2021 – An Indiana federal prisoner was reported as having recovered from COVID-19 14 days after testing positive. 4 Weeks later, the prisoner died of COVID-19 complications. Read more.
  • February 22, 2021 – Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein and colleagues wrote a report making the case for prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines in Prison and Jails. Read more.