ACLU of Ohio Sends 3 Sets of Records Requests Seeking More Information About Management of COVID-19 for Incarcerated Populations
Ohioans behind bars are especially vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. The ACLU of Ohio sent three sets of records requests to learn more about what Ohio officials are – and are not – doing to prevent and mitigate the spread of the highly contagious and often deadly virus.
At least 27 states and Washington D.C. have begun releasing racial breakdowns of COVID-19 in their jurisdictions. The data released so far has shown that by in large Black people are dying at disturbingly disproportionate rates. For example, Black people represent 43 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Illinois, but make up only 14 percent of the state’s population.