Stuart Schrader

  • Coronavirus-related riot, Poggioreale prison, Naples, Italy, March 9, 2020. Photo: S Laporta/Kontrolab/IPA/SIPA/Shutterstock.

    HARM OF THE LAW

    THE ASYMPTOMATIC SPREAD of Covid-19 has revealed the vast gulf between policing people and protecting them. Whether controlling crowds of travelers waiting to be screened at airports or lurking near New York subway turnstiles to catch fare beaters and send them to jails, where the virus is endemic, law-enforcement personnel are creating, rather than containing, health risks. Conversely, as some jurisdictions, like Philadelphia, have ceased to detain people for nonviolent crimes, we are afforded the opportunity to ask whether, once the crisis abates, arresting people for low-level offenses can