What to Watch While You’re Social Distancing

These powerful films, documentaries and mini-series will keep you engaged for hours.

03.24.20 By Innocence Staff



As people around the world are wisely practicing social distancing to help slow the coronavirus pandemic, many are turning to streaming platforms to keep themselves entertained and educated.

The best thing people can do to help combat COVID-19 right now is to stay home if you are able, avoid close contact with others and wash your hands often, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, the vast majority of incarcerated people across the U.S. are unable to practice these measures. Incarcerated people are typically detained in close proximity, hand sanitizer is considered contraband and soap may only be available if purchased.

Dozens of incarcerated people have already tested positive for the coronavirus at New York City’s Rikers Island. The Innocence Project, ACLU and many other advocacy groups have been increasingly concerned about the potentially devastating impact of the pandemic on incarcerated individuals, particularly those who are sick and elderly. But, there are many things you can do to help from home — including advocating for the release of those who are most at-risk, educating yourself on these issues and spreading awareness.