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Tuesday 2 February 202119.15 to 20.15
 
How is COVID-19 affecting those in prisons? And what are the strengths and deficiencies in the corretional system responses to the pandemic? Should we care?
 
In this session, Dr Meghan Novisky will review the emergence of prisons as hotspots for COVID-19 in the U.S. and the factors that make correctional facilities high risk sites for the spread of infectious disease. She will also briefly examine how the pandemic has impacted the lives of people outside of prison, both from a public health standpoint as well as from the perspective family members of incarcerated persons.
 
Dr Meghan Novisky is an assistant professor of Criminology at Cleveland State University. Her research investigates incarceration as a social determinant of health and how conditions of confinement structure health disparities. Her recent research has been published in outlets including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Victims & Offenders, the Gerontologist, and the Journal of Correctional Health Care. Dr. Novisky has also worked in corrections for the last 12 years as a consultant for the University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Institute, where she trains correctional staff on the implementation of evidence based programming. In response to COVID-19, Dr. Novisky has written national and local op-eds about the health related implications of incarceration during a pandemic. She has also partnered with the ACLU of Ohio by drafting expert declarations to urge release or transfer of vulnerable incarcerated adults in Ohio’s prisons and jails. These declarations were cited in briefs before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. 
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