May 10, 2021 RAPID RESPONSE

The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color in the Wake of COVID-19

This webinar addresses the current effects of mass incarceration on communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic. Incarcerated individuals, the majority of whom are Black, have contracted COVID-19 at rates three times as high as others in the United States, and have died from the virus at rates higher than the general population. Nationwide, fewer than 20% of individuals incarcerated in state and federal prisons have been vaccinated. 

The panelists also discuss the life of returning citizens, collateral issues they face, and how to deal with these issues and ensure the dignity, health, and safety of those returning citizens.  We explore ways of supporting re-entry and preventing recidivism, recently proposed criminal justice reform legislation, and what you can do as an individual to help advocate for change.

Our esteemed panelists include directly impacted individuals who speak to these issues from their own personal experiences.

Panelists

  • Jarrett Adams, Attorney at Law, The Law Office of Jarrett Adams, PLLC
  • Izuo-Ere “Mimi” Digifa, Founder, FLOLANGO; Cohort 2 Fellow, Pivot Program, Georgetown University
  • Michael Pinard, Francis & Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Co-Director, Clinical Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Moderator

  • Melanie E. Bates, Principal, Melanie Bates Consulting, LLC; Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsor: ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

Resources

Presentation: Jarrett Adams

Transcript: The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color in the Wake of COVID-19

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