The dearth of public health resources in the US means police function as de facto mental health workers — with deadly consequences. Mayor Brandon Johnson is giving Chicago organizers a chance to remake the city’s approach to community mental health.
Eric Reinhart is a political anthropologist of law, psychiatry, and public health. He lives in Chicago.
Omicron is coming for America’s overcrowded jails and prisons. Prioritizing vaccines for incarcerated people and rolling back our massive prison-industrial complex is good public health for everyone.
A new study shows that mass incarceration hasn’t just created a public health nightmare within US jails and prisons — COVID-19’s spread inside jails and prisons has spread through the rest of society. Ending mass incarceration is a dire public health concern for everyone.
A new study finds that American jails — not just prisons — are a major hot spot for spreading coronavirus. The solution is simple: stop arresting so many people.