The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab (PJIL) is a policy resource center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs that serves as a catalyst to ensure the safe and humane treatment of people in custody and that cultivates the next generation of justice policy leaders.
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has established a new national policy resource center working to ensure the safe and humane treatment of people in custody and cultivate the next generation of justice policy leaders. The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab (PJIL) serves as a bridge between academic research, practical experience, and policy on pressing matters related to independent correctional oversight and conditions of confinement.
"Understanding the Spread of COVID in Prisons as an Occupational Health Hazard for Correctional Staff" is PJIL’s newest blog in its “Degree of Civilization” series. The blog discusses a recent webinar about pressing on-the-job issues experienced by correctional staff, and analyzes findings from PJIL’s newest report, “Canary in the Coal Mine: A Profile of Staff COVID Deaths in the Texas Prison System” through an occupational health lens.