Association of Jail Decarceration and Anticontagion Policies With COVID-19 Case Growth Rates in US Counties

Eric Reinhart, and Daniel L. Chen


Mass incarceration is known to foster infectious disease outbreaks, amplification of infectious diseases in surrounding communities, and exacerbation of health disparities in disproportionately policed communities. To date, however, policy interventions intended to achieve epidemic mitigation in US communities have neglected to account for decarceration as a possible means of protecting public health and safety.

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JAMA Network Open, September 2021