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Alex S. Vitale
Social Workers address crises regularly and without an armed police officer standing in front of us. Often, the presence of an armed officer escalates a crisis that could have been better handled by mental health professionals alone.
The nation has an opportunity to take advantage of this transformative event and pursue an alternative to the current system.
David A. Love
In Cook County, Illinois, suspected or confirmed fatal overdose deaths doubled over last year in the first five months of this year.
Safe and healthy communities start with less police and more investment in community services that work.
Prisoners are reluctant to report when they’re feeling sick, because they know they’ll be sent to solitary confinement.
Juan Moreno Haines
As the country reopens, we can’t quickly forget these failures of government, which have disproportionately harmed Black, Latinx, and Native people.
Governor Tate Reeves has touted the state’s testing efforts as ‘aggressive,’ but testing rates in the state’s prisons, where the coronavirus has already claimed at least one life, remain low.
‘This is by far, by far, the biggest impact on our people since our return from the Long Walk in 1868,’ a Navajo Nation leader said.
Governor Kristi Noem’s threat to sue two South Dakota tribes shows the callousness of her coronavirus plan, which seems to encourage exposure and prioritize the economy over the lives of at-risk Natives.
After a man incarcerated in a New Jersey state prison was hospitalized with COVID-19, he said he was handcuffed for 36 hours. The cuffs got tangled in his IV, causing it to rip out, he said. “It was so painful. You have no idea.”
Segregation not only increases individuals' exposure to the novel coronavirus, it also leaves them more susceptible to its effects and limits the quality of care they will receive, experts say.
An overwhelming majority of Americans support the federal government paying all healthcare costs for the duration of the coronavirus emergency.
Alison P. Galvani
‘I would go to the hospital very often and they wouldn’t do anything for me.’
A trio of cases in Wisconsin and Texas illustrates how Republican judges are feigning helplessness in the face of a public health crisis while furthering their own ends.
The city has created the structural conditions that have engendered disproportionately high rates of infection and death among its Black and Latinx residents.
Darializa Avila Chevalier
By letting people out now, we can avoid overwhelming our healthcare system with sick prisoners later.
For many people across the U.S. who need methadone treatment, sheltering in place during the coronavirus outbreak is impossible.
Advocates say the “progressive” city has left them to die.
Recent successes in stemming the opioid crisis could be reversed if public health budgets are cut or the crisis is seen as secondary to the pandemic.
A Brooklyn teacher tried three times to get treatment for the coronavirus. Now she’s fighting for her life.
Erin Clare Brown
They make roughly half the average national income, and they’re at risk of COVID-19 exposure as they continue to work to ensure shelves are restocked and communities fed.
I am trying my best to take care of myself in the midst of this pandemic, no different from you, no different from any other human being. But it’s impossible to do that at this jail.
Conservative lawmakers are using emergency measures to restrict access to care.
Social distancing orders are a necessity, but they create a host of new problems for people in treatment for substance use disorders.
Politicians and the general public are ignoring the health and safety needs of those with disabilities and chronic conditions.
Kyle C. Barry