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Muskegon prison isolates some inmates after coronavirus outbreak

2020-08-06T10:03:47-04:00

MLive reported on July 31st, 2020 that a unit of the Muskegon Correctional Facility was placed on isolation after multiple inmates tested positive for COVID-19. Inmates who tested positive were transferred to a hospital in Jackson, or to different prisons with an isolated unit for coronavirus patients. David Brazee, a spokesperson for Michigan Department [...]

Muskegon prison isolates some inmates after coronavirus outbreak2020-08-06T10:03:47-04:00

Active COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are down, but experts say threat isn’t over

2020-07-30T09:14:12-04:00

The Detroit Free Press reported in an article published July 24, 2020 that active COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are down. COVID-19 infected about 10% of Michigan's prison population and while the downward trend in cases is good news, experts, staff, and prisoners all warn that it is not time to be complacent. The [...]

Active COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are down, but experts say threat isn’t over2020-07-30T09:14:12-04:00

Some Michigan prisons will soon offer video calls with loved ones

2020-07-30T09:10:54-04:00

The Detroit Free Press published an article on July 23rd highlighting a new program the Michigan Department of Corrections is rolling out to seven of its 29 prisons. The program will allow prisoners to make and receive video calls. The article notes that MDOC's telephone vendor, Global Tel Link, will provide video calls for [...]

Some Michigan prisons will soon offer video calls with loved ones2020-07-30T09:10:54-04:00

Coronavirus emptied Michigan’s jails without crime surge. Time for reform?

2020-07-24T08:50:16-04:00

In an article posted on July 22nd, BridgeMI.com explores how Michigan jail populations have fallen amid the coronavirus pandemic as jails and judges have released prisoners to help reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19. This has happened without a spike in crime, encouraging reformers who say this shows it is possible to reduce incarceration [...]

Coronavirus emptied Michigan’s jails without crime surge. Time for reform?2020-07-24T08:50:16-04:00

Michigan prisoners, advocates concerned about heat as temperatures spike

2020-07-24T08:46:41-04:00

The Detroit Free Press published an article on July 20th about how prisoners and their advocates are concerned with the rising summer heat, the lack of air conditioning in most of Michigan's prisons, and current prison policies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Prisoners are required to wear masks except when they're eating, [...]

Michigan prisoners, advocates concerned about heat as temperatures spike2020-07-24T08:46:41-04:00

Pandemic and Prison: Shearod McFarland, incarcerated in Michigan, on what COVID-19 has changed

2020-07-16T08:38:08-04:00

An article highlighting Shearod McFarland's experience inside Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan was posted to Salon.com as part of a series of excerpts from "Unheard Voices of the Pandemic" by Voice of Witness. McFarland shares his experience and how the prison population has reacted to the threat of COVID-19 and also how prison staff have handled quarantining. McFarland starkly notes, "social distancing is virtually impossible" inside a prison.

Pandemic and Prison: Shearod McFarland, incarcerated in Michigan, on what COVID-19 has changed2020-07-16T08:38:08-04:00

Report criticizes prisons nationwide over COVID-19, Michigan DOC touts testing, PPE

2020-07-16T08:35:23-04:00

In an article posted on July 13, 2020, michiganadvance.com examines a report that criticizes prisons nationwide over the COVID-19 response. The article notes that despite the low grade, Michigan ranks 2nd among all the states. Michigan Department of Corrections argues that, "a good score would be virtually impossible to achieve, given the initiative’s chosen metrics." [...]

Report criticizes prisons nationwide over COVID-19, Michigan DOC touts testing, PPE2020-07-16T08:35:23-04:00

Ease budget crisis with jail, prison reform

2020-07-16T08:33:20-04:00

The Detroit News published an Opinion/Editorial article on July 8th that argues that some of Michigan's budget crisis could be lessened by undertaking real jail and prison reform. The article notes: Michigan could address both its severe budget shortfall and the need to reduce its prison and jail populations by moving swiftly to pass a set [...]

Ease budget crisis with jail, prison reform2020-07-16T08:33:20-04:00

The Coronavirus Crisis Inside Prisons Won’t Stay Behind Bars

2020-07-02T09:45:08-04:00

The NY Times editorial board published an opinion article on June 25th about how federal prison officials have known the dangers of the spread of coronavirus inside prisons early on but have delayed in releasing at-risk inmates. The piece notes that: Currently, the nation’s top five Covid-19 hot spots are all correctional facilities, according [...]

The Coronavirus Crisis Inside Prisons Won’t Stay Behind Bars2020-07-02T09:45:08-04:00