Study finds lower COVID-19 mortality rates in prisons that conduct mass testing

April 16, 2021

According to a report prepared by assistant professor Kevin Schnepel for the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), prisons in the United States that conducted mass COVID-19 testing reported significantly lower COVID-19 deaths among incarcerated adults. 

Schnepel analyzed publicly available data from 32 state prison systems, and found that one in three inmates tested positive for COVID-19 which is 4.3 times the rate outside of prisons. 

In states where testing behind bars was more limited, COVID-19 death rates among incarcerated people were nearly eight times the rate for non-incarcerated populations similar in age, race/ethnicity, and gender. That disparity was cut in half in states that conducted mass testing.

Read the full report here: COVID-19 Testing in State Prisons

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