State Prisons and COVID-19


Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:15pm



How should directors of state prison systems respond to the current pandemic? Patricia Caruso and Harold Clarke will draw on their decades of experience to address the particular challenges posed by COVID-19 among incarcerated populations. They will consider possible solutions, including responsible early release, steps to protect both the incarcerated population and staff on the front lines, repurposing prison garment shops to produce protective masks, and other measures—all with the aim of creating lasting public safety.


- Patricia Caruso, former director, Michigan Department of Corrections

- Harold Clarke, director, Virginia Department of Corrections; former director, Massachusetts Department of Corrections and Nebraska Department of Correctional Services; and former secretary, Washington State Department of Corrections


-Kaia Stern, practitioner in residence: law, education, and justice at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and cofounder and director of the Prison Studies Project, Harvard University

Registration is required for this Zoom webinar. Instructions can be found by visiting the event web page.