Rethinking Inmates’ Place In Line For The COVID-19 Vaccine

Incarcerated people are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Some experts say they need to be closer to the front of the line for the vaccine.

Virus Outbreak Prison Transfers
In prisons around the country, COVID-19 outbreaks have followed transfers of prisoners or prison workers. Eric Risberg / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Virus Outbreak Prison Transfers
In prisons around the country, COVID-19 outbreaks have followed transfers of prisoners or prison workers. Eric Risberg / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rethinking Inmates’ Place In Line For The COVID-19 Vaccine

Incarcerated people are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Some experts say they need to be closer to the front of the line for the vaccine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not include prison and jail populations in its initial recommendation for the first recipients of the emergency COVID-19 vaccine. Some experts are pushing for a re-prioritization of this group considering their vulnerability to the virus.

Reset brings on a prison expert who says detainees should be “first in line” for the vaccine and a data journalist who’s been tracking national prison trends around the virus.

GUESTS: Jennifer Lackey, director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program

Katie Park, data journalist at the Marshall Project