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Reducing and Avoiding Incarceration During a Pandemic - FJP 2020 

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From the brief: This Fair and Just Prosecution “Issues at a Glance” brief is the first in a series examining unfolding criminal justice system responses to mitigate the public health crisis created by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – this brief focuses on decarceral strategies for prosecutors. The COVID-19 pandemic has become a catalyst for increased awareness about our justice system’s misguided over-reliance in recent decades on punitive “tough on crime” responses and incarceration. Because outbreaks in criminal justice settings pose a clear threat to those incarcerated and to the larger community, political will to reduce the incarcerated population – including through enacting measures long sought by reform-minded prosecutors – has intensified.

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