As a former deputy Sheriff, federal prosecutor, and head of corrections in Wisconsin and Colorado, I'm a strong law and order advocate—but full prisons are infection factories. People need to be let out, for all our sakes.
Some business leaders have framed furloughs as a "favor". They're anything but—neither to the employees nor to the business. In fact, companies that retain their employees are likelier to flourish after a slowdown.
Grocery workers, food delivery workers, restaurant workers, cleaners, hospital orderlies and EMTs are putting their lives on the line in this strange world war. They are tomorrow's veterans—and they deserve more than just our thanks.