The title of this post is the title of this short new report written by Josh Rovner at The Sentencing Project. Here is the start of its coverage:
COVID-19 has infected hundreds of youth housed in and staff working in juvenile facilities. Given the close proximity that defines life in congregate care settings, such as detention centers and residential treatment centers, such spread was inevitable without significant reductions in population in these facilities. Since March, The Sentencing Project has urged the release of as many youth as possible to bend the curve of infections within the juvenile justice system. As of July, four staff members working in these facilities have died from COVID-19.
Among detained youth, COVID-19 cases have been reported in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Cases among staff have been reported in 41 states and the District of Columbia.