How Other Countries' Courts are Handling the Pandemic

Source: Slate.com - View Original Article
Published: May 06, 2020
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74% Liberal


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Iran

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96% "The proposition that the carceral system makes us safer was dubious at the best of times.""
93% "Unfortunately, the national response that most resembles our own is that of Iran.""
92% "Coronavirus outbreaks in jails and prisons not only threaten one of the most vulnerable populations in the country, but also their lawyers, prison personnel, ..."
91% "I work with public defenders around the world.""
90% "Overcrowded prisons and jails present imminent danger to the people inside them and the communities in which they are situated.""
88% "As a result, some of the most severe COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring in U.S. jails and prisons as well as the communities that house ..."
82% "My colleagues constantly challenge my U.S.-based perspective and force me to broaden my understanding of justice.""
81% "Before being ordered to stop by a judge, prosecutors in Adams County, Colorado, attempted to proceed with a lengthy death penalty trial.""
77% "In Tunisia, courts also remain open for emergency matters.""
76% "They could halt the arrest and prosecution of low-level offenses, expedite and expand pretrial release, and aggressively reconsider the cases of people already sentenced.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

96% : The proposition that the carceral system makes us safer was dubious at the best of times.
93% : Unfortunately, the national response that most resembles our own is that of Iran.
92% : Coronavirus outbreaks in jails and prisons not only threaten one of the most vulnerable populations in the country, but also their lawyers, prison personnel, their families, and everyone else.
91% : I work with public defenders around the world.
90% : Overcrowded prisons and jails present imminent danger to the people inside them and the communities in which they are situated.
88% : As a result, some of the most severe COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring in U.S. jails and prisons as well as the communities that house them.
82% : My colleagues constantly challenge my U.S.-based perspective and force me to broaden my understanding of justice.
81% : Before being ordered to stop by a judge, prosecutors in Adams County, Colorado, attempted to proceed with a lengthy death penalty trial.
77% : In Tunisia, courts also remain open for emergency matters.
76% : They could halt the arrest and prosecution of low-level offenses, expedite and expand pretrial release, and aggressively reconsider the cases of people already sentenced.
74% : Other countries have recognized the danger and taken far more sweeping action.
72% : While several countries have taken progressive, nationally coordinated action to reduce prison populations and prevent widespread infection, institutions across the U.S. continue to prioritize punishment over public health.
72% : There are leaders in the U.S. who have taken positive steps.
69% : New Jersey's chief justice ordered the release of nearly 1,000 people from county jails, and California is granting early release to 3,500 people.
63% : Only after thousands of infections and hundreds of deaths were reported in prisons did officials take the situation seriously and release nearly 100,000 people -- far more than have been released in the U.S. -- but the damage was already done.
62% : U.S. prisons' COVID-19 response lags behind Tunisia and Palestine.
62% : Governments could also be considering whole categories of detainees for release, such as those who were arrested for not checking in with a probation officer or failing to pay a fine.
61% : Now, the calculus has changed.
58% : U.S. leaders could follow these countries' lead and take any number of steps right now to reduce jail and prison populations.
57% : Detention centers are on lockdown so lawyers cannot visit their clients, but authorities have made sure that people in detention are able to talk to their lawyers by phone.
56% : The courts have had difficulty reliably transporting detainees to court due to COVID-19, so defense lawyers and prosecutors worked together and successfully lobbied judges to grant release motions in absentia.
53% : Authorities have reduced the jail population in Hennepin County, Minnesota, by 44 percent.
52% : On March 23, Palestine's president also took swift action to order the release of everyone who has served at least half of their prison sentence (with the exception of some convicted of major offenses).
52% : In Douglas County, Nebraska, jury trials have been suspended and lawyer visits have been banned
52% : This crisis exposes a fundamental problem with our national mindset: We are incapable of visualizing public safety without incarceration.
48% : In Palestine, where the government brought the country to a screeching halt to contain COVID-19, the courts remain open for emergency hearings.
44% : Despite concerns that jurors would be at risk of infection, prosecutors pushed for a trial in an attempt to secure the ultimate punishment before Colorado's new death penalty repeal bill takes effect.
39% : The United States is addicted to punishment, and it just might kill us.
37% : Iran had a pre-pandemic prison population of about 189,500 in a system of facilities designed to hold fewer than 150,000, and the government failed to take meaningful action to decarcerate upon the arrival of COVID-19.
36% : Some prosecutors are even appearing in court to argue for release on behalf of unrepresented defendants because they understand that releasing people from custody is in the public interest.
36% : so the only way for a person in pretrial detention to see a judge is to plead guilty without legal advice.
31% : We need to make a decision as a country that we care more about the health of our communities than about the false sense of safety we derive from mass incarceration.
26% : "Emergency" in this context means that courts are occupied almost exclusively with hearings devoted to getting people released from jail and prison.
15% : Instead, cities and states around the country continue to take actions that range from haphazard to directly harmful.
8% : In March, the president pardoned more than 1,400 people.
8% : These disparate responses, however, are not enough.
6% : Still, we are struggling to imagine a world where we might reduce the severity of criminal punishment, even to save thousands of lives.

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