Jails Are Coronavirus Hotbeds. How Many People Should Be Released to Slow the Spread?
Some of the largest, most recent clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States have happened in correctional facilities. The most effective way to reduce the spread is to release people from those facilities before those outbreaks occur, which has happened to various degrees across the country. But now, with thousands of protesters arrested in the past week—many who have been held in tight quarters—the debate about who should be released from jail has become even more urgent. The Marshall Project and FiveThirtyEight looked at models and other research on the issue.