Review: Parole incarcerations during the coronavirus crisis
This article states that after New York’s Division of Parole (which had been focused on community integration of former offendors) was combined with the much larger Department of Correctional Services (with its criminal focus) to form the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, those individuals found to have violated their parole were often sent. back to jail for parole violations.
The first person to die from COVID-19 in the prison system in New York was in jail for a parole violation, and as of April 10th. s six hundred confirmed covid-19 infections were found in the New York state prison system. The Legal Aid Society has filed lawsuits on behalf of hundreds of people in New York City’s jail to release them due to the risk of COVID-19. Governor Cuomo has agreed to release eleven hundred people held in county jails on parole violations.
About the Author: Seema Mohapatra
Seema Mohapatra is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow
at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, She teaches Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Genetics and the Law, Torts, and Bioethics and the Law. Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts, and international health and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy. Professor Mohapatra currently teaches Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Genetics and the Law. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law in Chicago at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. She earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. She earned a bachelor of arts in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.