COVID-19 RACIAL DISPARITIES ARE GLARING, HEARTBREAKING

The fatalities highlight racial disparities already present in the state’s prison population, with people of color making up more than 80% of those who died behind bars since the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York.

African Americans made up 60% of the deaths, despite being around 50% of the incarcerated population.

“It is not surprising that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted people of color throughout the New York State prison system. For decades, Black and Latinx people have been dying in New York prisons either from lack of adequate medical care or from the brutality of correction officers and the system as a whole.”

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