Impacts of COVID-19 on the Criminal Justice System

Covid cells behind yellow police tape
November 17, 2020
12:35 pm - 9 am

Impacts of COVID-19 on the Criminal Justice System

CRMJ/SOCA 365  |  Race, Crime, Law

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way of life across the globe. But how has it impacted policies and operations in the US criminal justice system? And what is the impact for people of color given they are disproportionately impacted by criminal justice policies and experience the highest rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths?

Student  presentations will include research on how  COVID-19 has impacted law enforcement, the  courts and corrections and their findings from  interviews with criminal justice professionals and  elected officials regarding challenges during the  pandemic and how they have been addressed.


12:35-1:10 PM  |  COURTS
Students interviewed Fox Lake Chief of Police Jimmy Lee and Kathy DiNunno, a legal Process Server and Private Investigator in Illinois for their insights on COVID-related challenges in the courts, particularly evictions and foreclosures.  

1:15-1:50 PM  |  CORRECTIONS
Students spoke with Mike Hollow, a supervisor at Racine County Juvenile Detention Center, to understand the impact of COVID on daily operations at the Detention Center. Kenosha Alderman David Bogdala was also interviewed to glean insight into how local government is addressing COVID-related issues.  


Gia Gutierrez
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