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The COVID-19 pandemic has proven deadly and extremely challenging to control, making the need for rigid guidelines vital in maintaining a healthy community. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has implemented specific guidelines which prisons and detention centers must follow in attempting to combat the COVID-19 virus. While it is essential to stop the spread, the differences between an individual quarantining at home and those doing so behind bars is palpable. The CDC requires that an incarcerated individual who has been exposed to the virus and or has tested positive must quarantine for fourteen days, keeping that “individual’s movement outside the quarantine space to an absolute minimum.” The most ideal form of quarantine includes, “separately, in single cells with solid doors (i.e., not bars) and solid doors that close fully.”

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 22, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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