Commentary: Release nonviolent juvenile offenders from custody to protect them from COVID-19

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"In the face of the current COVID-19 threat, states should immediately move all but the most dangerous juveniles out of the facilities that now house them, and place them in at-home quarantine, under GPS monitoring in their communities. This is not just common sense but also a scientifically-informed policy that would enhance public safety and reduce the number of young people infected with COVID-19, which, in turn, will diminish the likelihood that they will transmit the virus from a detention facility into the community, endangering their families and neighbors. Doing so is consistent with both sound public health practice and juvenile justice policy," Elizabeth Cauffman co-writes in an op-ed in the Daily Pilot.

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