Peer Review History

Original SubmissionJune 7, 2021
Decision Letter - Sungwoo Lim, Editor

The Association between Intersystem Prison Transfers and COVID-19 Incidence in a State Prison System

PONE-D-21-18775

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Additional Editor Comments (optional):

1. Line 104, page 5: Please provide a more detailed definition of the general population. For example, are they adults ages 18 years or older living in the same state?

2. Lines 118-119, page 6: Please complete a fragmented sentence.

3. Line 132, page 6: Please insert 95% before CI.

4. Lines 164-165, page 7: Given fluctuation of weekly transfer numbers during 10-month period, readers may not know whether or not ~20,000 transfers are small or large numbers. Instead I suggest highlighting dramatic increase of transfers the week of May 27 which coincides with the peak of the COVID-19 transmission.

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Reviewer #1: Yes

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Reviewer #1: Yes

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Reviewer #1: Yes

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Reviewer #1: The manuscript was a well-written, had sound methodology, and adds to the current literature exploring how to mitigate future epidemics/pandemics in correctional settings. There are a few minor recommendations:

• Line 49: Also, correctional officers and staff repeatedly entering and leaving the facility can contribute to the transmission of COVID-19 and spikes in prisons. In fact, several staff have died throughout the country. I don’t think this factor should be ignored and can be added as a quick note.

• Line 163: Can the authors discuss reasons for transfers early? I think it gives the reader a bit more context when you are mentioning the frequency of transfers.

• Figures: Make sure the X and Y axis are clearly labeled on both figures.

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Reviewer #1: No

Formally Accepted
Acceptance Letter - Sungwoo Lim, Editor

PONE-D-21-18775

The Association between Intersystem Prison Transfers and COVID-19 Incidence in a State Prison System

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