prison shut down by covid-19
Municipal and state jails and prisons reportedly closed on Saturday due to widespread coronavirus infections and deaths in prisons.
The New York Times reported that officials resorted to this decision as a last result to keep the virus at bay as many guards have fallen ill with the virus and are unable to work
Guards have reportedly fallen ill up and down Pennsylvania,Missouri and California
”Thus, abruptly closing some correctional facilities is the only way to ensure community and prisoner safety,” said the Times.
Experts where quoted as saying that jails that do stay open will become more crowded due to the transfer.
They will also be unsanitary and disease-ridden, and the transfers are likely to help the virus proliferate both inside and outside the wall
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As of today there have been more than 480,000 confirmed coronavirus infections and at least 2,100 deaths among inmates and guards in prisons, jails and detention centres across the nation.
According to the New York Times database, nearly 100,000 correctional officers have tested positive and 170 have died.
In the early days of the pandemic states tried to slow down the virus by releasing some offenders early and detaining fewer people in order to reduce their number.
However, those efforts often met with resistance from politicians and the public,
More recently, as arrests in many areas have increased, jail populations have returned to pre-pandemic levels.
This is according to data collected by the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based non-profit research and policy group.
“That fact, combined with infections among correctional officers, staffing shortages and strains on prison medical facilities, have pushed states.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 20 million as of Friday as the discovery of a highly contagious new virus strain in the country has increased pressure to speed up the vaccination process.
John Hopkins university reports that the us alone has reported over 20 million cases and 348,000 deaths in a country which accounts for over 4% of the worlds population.
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