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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 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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North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

Feb. 9, 2021
A VICE News investigation in partnership with North Carolina Health News found this undercount is likely not unique to North Carolina, and could be happening in dozens of states across the country.
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Georgia legislators, citing Reuters report, want every jail death investigated

Jan. 25, 2021
Georgia ranks among 17 state governments with no mechanism for oversight of local jails, according to research by Reuters and Michele Deitch, a corrections specialist at the University of Texas.
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Zoom Funerals, Outdoor Classes: Jails and Prisons Evolve Amid the Pandemic

Jan. 19, 2021
Michele and Alycia are quoted in this article about the innovations prisons and jails developed during the pandemic in order to continue providing programming and enrichment activities for people who are incarcerated.
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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
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At Least 231 People In Texas Jails And Prisons Have Died From COVID-19, Study Finds

Nov. 15, 2020
At least 231 people in Texas prisons and jails have died from COVID-19, including 27 staff members, 14 people in jail and 190 people in prison, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.
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More than 200 incarcerated people and staff at Texas prisons and jails have died from coronavirus, report shows

Nov. 13, 2020
Hundreds of incarcerated people and staff at jails and prisons in Texas have died from coronavirus, according to a new report by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.