Infographic of COVID-19 infection rates in American cities and counties vs. in jails.

Building a more humane future: Organizing for prison abolition during COVID-19

Some New York jails have been reported to have infection rates as much as 80 times the infection rate of the United States, while the infamous Rikers Island jail complex has an infection rate more than 4.5 times higher than New York City does, according to The Legal Aid Society. These numbers raise concerns about infection rates and health conditions in detention facilities across the country, where, in total, 2.3 million people are incarcerated.
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