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SCHR Sends Public Letter to all 159 Georgia Sheriffs Regarding the Potential Spread of COVID-19 to People in Georgia Jails

On March 23, 2020, the Southern Center for Human Rights sent a public letter to all 159 sheriffs in Georgia regarding the anticipated spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to people incarcerated in jails. SCHR is deeply concerned that if COVID-19 gains a foothold in Georgia’s jails, there is a risk of widespread infection and death.

The letter includes recommendations to reduce jail admissions, release certain people from custody, and improve conditions in local jails to mitigate the risk of exposure, infection, and spread.