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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 March addressing COVID-19 in correctional institutions. Click the links below to read more from each of these articles:

  • March 9, 2021 – Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, CHER Core Faculty, was featured in the Fresno Bee on California prisons and their COVID-19 infection rates. At least 7 California prisons have had over 70% of inmates test positive for COVID, which passes the threshold for herd immunity. According to Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein, “No correctional setting has escaped massive numbers.” Read more.
  • March 10, 2021 – At least 7 CA prisons had over 70% of inmates test positive for COVID, passing the threshold for herd immunity. Read more.
  • March 12, 2021 – A civil rights settlement in North Carolina allows the early release of 3,500 eligible inmates to mitigate COVID outbreaks in correctional facilities. Read more.
  • March 15, 2021 At least 15,000 inmates in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia have tested positive for COVID-19. Not enough has been done to mitigate outbreaks among inmates, according to Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein. Read More.
  • March 16, 2021 – Only 40 of 475 surveyed Florida correctional officers said they will take the COVID vaccine if offered. Read more.
  • March 16, 2021 – Jails in and around Ohio Valley are overcrowded and COVID infection rates are far higher than the general public. Read More.
  • March 17, 2021 – New York Times Article outlines states’ varying vaccine plans for inmates. Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein says, “…it is inadequate to only prioritize certain segments of the prison or jail population.”
  • March 19, 2021 – Delivering the COVID-19 Vaccine to remote correctional institutions present a challenge to the vaccine’s supply chain. Read More.
  • March 24, 2021 – Missouri places inmates among the last group to receive the COVID-19 vaccine despite their higher risk of infection. Read more
  • March 24, 2021Inmates’ distrust of prison management and prison health care fuels inmates’ distrust in the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more.