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The American Way of Death; In Our Prisons

A Roundtable Discussion  

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the incarcerated citizens in our prisons – on men, women, young people, and prison staff. Already overcrowded, social distancing in prisons is not possible, and health care is compromised, putting millions at risk of illness and death. People in prisons are four times more likely to be infected with the Covid 19 virus and twice as likely to die. Many of these people are close to completing their sentences. Additionally, the United States is the only developed nation in the Western world that still permits the death penalty, a practice which is currently active in 29 states. This roundtable discussion will explore the dual realities of death by vulnerability and death by execution in our prisons.