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COVID-19 in Ohio's Prisons: Chazidy Bowman of the Ohio Prisoners Justice League

On a previous episode: “Nursing in Ohio on Nightingale's Birthday,” dedicated to the life of Bernard Atta, we discussed the dangerous conditions prison employees have endured during the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the deaths of Atta and others.


On today’s episode Dan Skinner talks with Chazidy Bowman of the Ohio Prisoner’s Justice League for a deeper dive into the current state of Ohio’s deadly prisons, the conflict between DeWine and prison activists, and the systemic injustices that face prisoners in Ohio.




Read more about Chazidy’s husband, Rufus, and the existing conditions of the Toledo Correctional Institution where he is serving. Email Chazidy here to find out how you can join her organizations efforts to study and advocate for the health and safety of Ohio's prisoners.


Take a look, also, at up-to-date data about COVID-19 and Ohio's prisons, maintained by The Marshall Project. For trends and key data points on Ohio's prisons, please see this important factsheet from Vera Institute of Justice.


Produced by Dan Skinner and Mark Frantz


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Dr. Dan Skinner is Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner teaches and researches about, as well as advocates for increased access to health care, especially for underserved populations, as well as various aspects of social determinants that affect the health of communities, in Ohio and beyond.