Scott Colom Presses Urgency of Decarceration in Preventing Pandemic Deaths

Scott Colom (‘09), District Attorney, Sixteenth Circuit Court of Mississippi, co-authored an article for the San Francisco Chronicle calling for the immediate and significant reduction of prison populations and warning against the rampant and catastrophic spread of Covid infection among the incarcerated (“Tragedy of COVID-19 in Prisons Shows Need for Decarceration,” July 1). “As countless Americans take to the streets in defense of Black lives and call for the transformation of policing, we must not neglect the threat that COVID-19 continues to present and the urgent need for immediate decarceration. … We cannot allow over-incarceration to become a de facto death sentence for the millions — disproportionately people of color — behind bars.”