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The Effects and Implications of Release Policies in Allegheny County Jail During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Derba, Chloe (2022) The Effects and Implications of Release Policies in Allegheny County Jail During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The focus of this policy analysis is on the effects of jail incarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic and how policies impacting release have positively and negatively impacted opportunities for reentry into the community. The United States’ problem of the overuse of jails to handle public health problems leads to the high rates of COVID-19 inside and outside of facilities. Early release policies in Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) have been used to lessen the dangers of coronavirus on the jailed population and the spread of the virus from ACJ to the community. The decarceration policies are analyzed in their anti-contagion effectiveness. County and state data show that decarceration of ACJ did not threaten public safety, yet programming is most needed in neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19. Complications and barriers to obtaining employment, healthcare access, and housing upon reentering society exist for those marginalized due to racial disparities and a jail incarceration experience. These barriers beckon policies that support and enable access to the services for opportunities to become self-sufficient, productive members of society - especially during a public health crisis.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Derba, Chloecld106@pitt.educld106
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJarlenski, Marianmarian.jarenski@pitt.edumarian.jarenskiUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberGarland, Richardrig11@pitt.edurig11UNSPECIFIED
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJarlenski,
Committee MemberGarland, Richardrig11@pitt.edurig11
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Public Health Practice
Date: 1 July 2022
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 22 June 0024
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Article Type: Essay
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2022 19:39
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2022 19:39


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