Inspections found lacking at NH county jails

“. . . the Valley Street Jail, the largest county correctional facility in the state, had a full-blown (COVID) outbreak on its hands: . . . “

When Hillsborough County Commissioner Toni Pappas toured the Valley Street Jail in Manchester last December, as she and fellow commissioners are required to do at least twice a year, she didn’t appear to find any cause for concern.

Covid Outbreaks Devastated Prisons, but State Inmates’ Access to the Vaccine Varies Widely

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This is an important analysis of the distribution of vaccine in prisons and jails. Vaccination varies by state. While Florida is not vaccinating inmates, New Hampshire vaccinates in the order they would become eligible if in the general public.

A state-by-state patchwork of vaccine rules has left prison inmates with different outlooks even as the C.D.C. has recommended prioritizing them.By Ann Hinga Klein and Derek M. Norman   March 17, 2021 New York Times

Nearly half of the roughly 8,700 state prison inmates in Kansas have received a coronavirus vaccine, and state officials say that all prisoners who want shots will have gotten at least a first dose by the middle of April.

But in Florida, no inmates in state-run correctional institutions have gotten shots, corrections officials said, not even those who would qualify under the state’s age and health guidelines if they were not behind bars.  “There’s no way you’re going to get some prisoner a vaccine over a senior citizen,” Gov. Ron DeSantis has said.

Half of Americans Have Family Members Who Have Been Incarcerated

SHOCKING STUDY RESULTS:

A first-of-its-kind study released on Thursday shows that about 113 million American adults have an immediate family member who is formerly or currently incarcerated.

How Thousands of American Laws Keep People ‘Imprisoned’ Long After They’re Released

"Thousands of laws and regulations make it almost impossible to reintegrate fully into civilian life, trapping formerly incarcerated people in a state of quasi-citizenship that makes it more likely they will be sent back to prison. "  Across the country, people with felony convictions face a daunting web of small obstacles to rebuilding normal lives. What will it take to fix?

We issue punishment with the idea once your debt is paid to society most offenders will be reintegrated back in the community with the idea and hope you can start again. However, ". . .even after they have served their sentences, and long after they finish probation or parole, people with felony records are effectively imprisoned, but in their home communities."

REAM ARTICLE HERE:

https://www.politico.com/.../post-prison-laws-reentry-451445

 

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