Across the US, state and federal authorities have failed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons. As a result, 1 in 4 incarcerated people have contracted the virus, and the incarceration machine has added more than half a million COVID cases across the US. Over the last year, both The Rikers Public Memory Project and Texas After Violence have built archives with currently and formerly incarcerated narrators sharing their experiences of confinement during the pandemic. In this workshop, Regina Campbell and Murphy Carter will share lessons learned from their projects, excerpts of narratives from each archive, and discuss the ways the pandemic has further revealed how deeply entrenched health inequities are in systems of confinement.
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