Gov. Cuomo visits a correctional facility (photo: governor's office)
Last week, the inevitable happened: the first cases of COVID-19 in Rikers Island jails and upstate prisons were confirmed.
We are on the precipice of a public health catastrophe in New York’s jails, prisons, and communities most impacted by mass criminalization and incarceration. COVID-19 can spread like wildfire through the state’s jails and prisons, where social distancing is all but impossible.
Much of this is preventable.
Right now, access to the basics, like soap and water, is...