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Coronavirus and Prisons: A Deadly Combination

The COVID-19 virus has spread like wildfire throughout the globe, causing mass hysteria and a rise in anxiety. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, schools have been closed, sporting events have been cancelled, beaches have been closed, and even entire cities have been locked down. But what do the people who are already in lockdown in prison do?

Many people think that prisons and jails would be safe places to combat the COVID-19 virus because they appear to be closed environments. However, correctional officers, medical staff, and visitors come in and out of these facilities everyday. Prisoners also travel to different prisons if they are transferred, go to court, or go to medical appointments. There are several opportunities for the virus to make its way into a prison, and once it is there, it could be hard to contain.

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