Pandemic Inspires New Push to Shrink Jails and Prisons

Matthew Akiyama, M.D., says accelerated decarceration due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have led to less rigorous discharge planning for people in jails and prisons who already have difficulty accessing medical care, treatment for addiction, and other services to help them re-enter society. Dr. Akiyama is assistant professor of medicine at Einstein and an internist at Montefiore.