MSUToday
Published: May 7, 2020

What it’s like to be incarcerated in the midst of a public health crisis

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Americans everywhere are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But while many are staying home to self-quarantine, for the 2.3 million Americans currently incarcerated, that isn’t an option. 

Jennifer Cobbina, an associate professor in the MSU School of Criminal Justice, shares that people living in American’s prisons are especially at risk for a COVID-19 outbreak. Due to close, often overcrowded quarters, conditions in jail and prison make it difficult, if not impossible, to practice social distancing. Consequently, infections such as the novel coronavirus strain can spread extremely quickly.

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Jennifer Cobbina, an associate professor in the MSU School of Criminal Justice

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