COVID-19 Risks for Detained and Incarcerated Youth

Originally published by Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform on 22/03/2020


Physician advocates urging governors, juvenile court systems and state/local juvenile detention and correctional departments to implement recommendations in order to limit potential exposure to Covid-19, including: – Immediate release of youth in detention and correctional facilities who can safely return to the home of their families/caretakers, with community based supports and supervision; – Halt new admission to detention facilities to mitigate the harm from the pandemic; – Establish and public sharing of a Covid-19 safety plan for all youth who remain in facilities, ensuring proper access to cleaning and sanitation supplies, resources, support and contact with loved ones.Continued incarceration of juveniles during the pandemic increases fear and anxiety among families and these juveniles. Allowing these children to shelter in place with their families can potentially reduce the negative impact on their current well-being and long term adjustment.

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