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1 in 5 U.S. prisoners have had COVID, 1,700 have died

1 in 5 U.S. prisoners have had COVID, 1,700 have died
COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire inside America’s state and federal prisons, with an infection rate that is more than four times as high as the general population, according to data collected by The Associated Press and The Marshall Project. The data analysis found that one in every five prisoners have already been infected in the U.S., compared with a nationwide infection rate of about 5%. The virus has also killed at least 1,700 prisoners since the onset of the pandemic and its spread inside correctional facilities is actually accelerating despite repeated warnings by experts and activists.

COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire inside America’s state and federal prisons, with an infection rate that is more than four times as high as the general population, according to data collected by The Associated Press and The Marshall Project., compared with a nationwide infection rate of about 5%.prisons see over 2,000 COVID-19 cases amid calls for greater transparency over coronavirus testing data » Despite the alarming numbers reviewed by the AP and The Marshalls Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the criminal justice system, experts warn that infection rates inside America’s prisons are likely much higher because of a lack of testing in the beginning of the pandemic.California led the latest surge with nearly 6,000 new cases while the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed more than 3,000 new infections inside its facilities.

The three states with the highest infection rates are South Dakota, Arkansas and Kansas.A former Kansas prisoner who was recently freed from Lansing Correctional Facility said he had to share an open dorm with more than 100 infected inmates and ended up getting infected as well.

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