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March 27, 2020

Federal inmates and staff all around the nation now testing positive for coronavirus

In this post yesterday, I noted a press piece which reported that Attorney General William Barr had said that a "total of six inmates and four prison staffers have tested positive for COVID-19."  Because my post was done after 3pm yesterday, I was able to then report that, as of March 26, the BOP was reporting 10 federal inmates and 8 federal prison staffers had tested positive for COVID-19.  It is now after 3pm on March 27, and the BOP's COVID-19 Update page is now reporting that 14 federal inmates and 13 federal prison staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.  Here is where those numbers come from:

(Inmate) 3/27/2020 - MDC Brooklyn; FCC Oakdale (5); USP Atlanta (2); MCC New York (2); RRC Phoenix; RRC Brooklyn (3). (Note: Symptomatic inmates are isolated in accordance with CDC guidelines.)

(Staff) 3/27/2020 - Grand Prairie, TX; Leavenworth, KS (no inmate contact); Yazoo, MS (2); Atlanta, GA; Danbury, CT; Butner, NC; Ray Brook, NY; New York, NY (2); Chicago, IL (2); Brooklyn, NY.

In addition to wishing all these individuals well, I am also wishing that everyone expects and acts as if these numbers are likely to grow exponentially in the days and weeks to come. Public official have the power, and now that power must be used, to avoid turning far too many prisons sentences into essentially death sentences.

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March 27, 2020 at 03:58 PM | Permalink


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