Decarceration as a strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
This event is in the past.
This CoP will bring together experts to discuss the need to reduce populations to mitigate COVID-19 in jail settings and practical strategies that jails can use to implement decarceration as a strategy. Beth Huebner, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an expert in correctional reform, will join us, along with Director Douglas Burris and Miranda Gibson. Together they will discuss their successful efforts to use a systematic case review process to reduce the jail population in the St. Louis County Department of Justice Services to assist mitigating the spread of COVID-19 among staff and detainees. The May event will also provide an opportunity to continue engaging in dialogue around vaccines, including but not limited to strategies to consider when offering the vaccine to those who are justice-involved.
- Director Douglas Burris, M.H.R. - Director, St. Louis County Jail
- Beth Huebner, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Criminal Justice at University of Missouri - St. Louis
- Miranda Gibson, M.A. - Program Manager, MacArthur Saftey + Justice Challenge grant in St. Louis County
The COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies in Jail Settings Community of Practice is a monthly webinar series that aims to contribute to the mitigation of COVID-19 in jail and similar incarceration settings. The Community of Practice followed the development of the COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies in Jail Settings Toolkit.