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Shackles and Solitary: Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup

March 10, 2022
Michele is interviewed on juvenile systems around the country manage their most challenging youth. “They’re just throwing up their hands and saying: ‘We’ve exhausted our options. We just don’t know what to do," Michele comments.
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Some States Are Cloaking Prison COVID Data

Oct. 27, 2021
In this article about the ways agencies are continuing to shield data about the impact of COVID-19 in prisons, Michele responds to TDCJ’s claim that it waits for autopsy results before reporting deaths in custody due to COVID. The article also highlights findings from, “Hidden Figures,” our report detailing a lack of data transparency regarding the impact of COVID-19 in state prisons, local jails and state-run juvenile facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A Half-Million People Got COVID-19 in Prison. Are Officials Ready for the Next Pandemic?

June 30, 2021
“There’s a sense that COVID is over, that the pandemic is behind us, and that is just not the case,” Deitch said. “We have to remember that prisons and jails were hit so much harder than the outside communities were, and in many jurisdictions, they were late to provide vaccinations to incarcerated people.”
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As Pandemic Raged, COVID-19 Testing Was Rare In New York’s Youth Lockups

April 4, 2021
New York has not followed that recommendation, prompting University of Texas at Austin researchers to list the state among seven others that have done the least to shed light on COVID-19 inside facilities. Secrecy during the pandemic, they warned in their new “Hidden Figures” report, makes it “difficult to determine if juvenile corrections agencies are responding to the complex and unique needs of incarcerated youth.”
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Inside Florida’s largest jails, few or no people vaccinated, and still no statewide plan

April 1, 2021
Florida news investigation using PJIL's Hidden Figures report to look at the state's ranking for transparency about COVID in incarceration facilities, including how it reported vaccination plans and the implementation of them.
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Report gives Maine poor rating for COVID data transparency in prisons, jails, juvenile facilities

April 1, 2021
An investigation using data from Hidden Figures which gave Maine a D-minus grade for the transparency of its COVID-19 data in the state prison system, a D for data transparency in juvenile facilities and an F for transparency in the jail system.
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Report Finds ‘Troubling Lack Of Transparency’ About COVID-19 In U.S. Jails And Prisons

March 30, 2021
Austin’s NPR station features the “Hidden Figures” report. Michele and co-author William Bucknall, a PJIL student researcher, grade states on COVID data transparency, finding that Texas scores better than other states, but the bar is very low.
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Grading COVID-19 data inside prisons, jails and juvenile centers — where Texas ranks

March 29, 2021
Michele is quoted in this detailed description of findings from “Hidden Figures: Rating the COVID Data Transparency of Prisons, Jails, and Juvenile Agencies.”
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Report from UT Austin show how hard COVID hit TX prisons

Nov. 17, 2020
A new report from researchers at the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs paints a clear picture of how the virus has been ravaging inmate populations in the states prison and jail systems. “What we found was just stunning to us,” said Alycia Welch.
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Hundreds have died from COVID-19 in Texas jails and prisons — some while awaiting trial

Nov. 16, 2020
Author of new report on prison death rates calls on state to release inmates who pose no risk to safety