WILX reports that many Michigan corrections officers are not getting vaccinated. Some of this may be because so many prisoners and prison staff have already been infected that many do not see a need to get vaccinated. Read more: https://www.wilx.com/2021/03/29/corrections-officers-not-getting-vaccinated-as-prison-case-numbers-rising/
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The New York Times reports that COVID-19 infections are nearly triple among US prisoners than the rest of the US population. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/10/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases
America's prisons, jails and detention centers have been among the nation's most dangerous places when it comes to COVID-19. Over the last year, an average of 1,400 new infections and seven deaths were reported every day from these facilities. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/10/us/covid-prison-outbreak.html
In an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus in federal prisons, last year the US Justice Department let more than 23,800 inmates serve their sentences at home. But as more people are vaccinated, thousands of these inmates may be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences, thanks to [...]
The Marshall Project has put together a state by state comparison showing COVID-19 rates inside prisons. View more: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/01/a-state-by-state-look-at-coronavirus-in-prisons
As states have begun COVID-19 inoculations at prisons across the country, corrections employees are refusing vaccines at alarming rates, causing some public health experts to worry about the prospect of controlling the pandemic both inside and outside. The Marshall Project and The Associated Press in collaboration spoke with correctional officers and union leaders nationwide, [...]
After a year of no in-person connection because of the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan prisoners and their loved ones will be allowed to resume visits later this month. But the process will look different as the Michigan Department of Corrections implements precautions to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/03/12/michigan-prison-visits-reusme-coronavirus-covid/4663360001/
When asked why The Marshall Project is tracking COVID-19 cases in prisons, data journalist Katie Park said, “It shows us that this really is a serious issue behind bars. Typically, in the past few months, what I’ve seen is a rate of infection among prisoners that has been about four or five times that [...]
A growing number of pregnant individuals are being sentenced to serve time in prison. Advocates met as a panel discussion focused on the need to significantly change life for pregnant people in prison. Read more: https://www.michiganadvance.com/2021/03/03/reforms-needed-for-pregnant-people-in-prison-advocates-say/
Cases of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant inside Michigan's prison system have more than tripled since an outbreak at a prison facility in Ionia last week. Michigan ranks second nationally for the highest number of B.1.1.7 variant cases, behind Florida, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This variant is considered [...]