The virus has gotten the world to pay attention to Public Health in a way few events have. Let’s use this time as a catalyst to fix the most pressing systemic public health problems facing the US. The US prison system is a man-made and Govn’t supported public health tragedy.https://twitter.com/_Eric_Reinhart/status/1402683590526353411 …
I hope that the attention translates to actual sustainable policies and funding. There has been a spike in public health investment, but cynical side of me is wondering how long this will last.
On us all in an ostensible democracy to make it happen. Right now, little reason for optimism with the Biden admin on this front, as his DOJ is doubling down on punitivity rather than changing course. We need policymakers to push for a well-funded national decarceration program.
How about metabolic health and insulin resistance as well?
"They are in jail simply because they cannot avoid it on account of circumstances which are entirely beyond their control and for which they are in no way responsible." - Clarence Darrow - address to prisoners in the Chicago Jail http://www.bopsecrets.org/CF/darrow.htm
Has there ever been a less fit time for American public health experts to crusade, outside their own field, for decarceration?
Lol. Note that “science” writer Ed Yong has been retweeting stuff like “why does BLM have less support now than before George Floyd.” So many science types are so completely clueless I’m sometimes shocked we’ve gotten so far. Maybe proof for the “great men” philosophy of history.
The virus is a short term problem. It will likely wane within 2 years. The real prison health problem is mental health. There are no more beds in remaining hospitals. Prisons are now our mental health facilities. A real crime.
Just compare us to the rest of the world. How does our incarceration rate compare against totalitarian regimes? And why do we use prisons to house the mentally ill?
All the places we hide people - LTC, detention centers ... All increasingly invisible to the public. No see, no hear, no speak. Prisons are a for-profit business and the people in them are considered to be Kleenex. Use them up and throw them away. Sorry - very cynical today.