The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in prisons and for prisoner rights all over the world. Prison crowding and sub-standard living conditions have created ideal breeding grounds for the virus. How has the pandemic threatened the human rights of the incarcerated all over the world? Doug Becker speaks with Steve Swerdlow and John Raphling.

Steve Swerdlow is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southern California. He is an expert in human rights.

John Raphling is a Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch.

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