The Prindle Post
More people per capita are incarcerated in the United States than in any other country in the world—698 out of every 100,000 people are currently incarcerated. Many jails and prisons in the United States are overcrowded. This means that the number of people they have detained exceeds their safe carrying capacity both in terms of space and resources. As the COVID-19 threat intensifies, people across the planet are being strongly encouraged, and in some cases ordered, to stay at home and to practice social distancing. This advice is impossible to follow in a jail or a prison, especially one that is overcrowded. At the time of this writing, hundreds of inmates and prison staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
Robison-Green, Rachel. "Re-Thinking Mass Incarceration: COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons". The Prindle Post. https://www.prindlepost.org/2020/04/re-thinking-mass-incarceration-covid-19-in-jails-and-prisons/