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Michigan prison system to resume in-person visits March 26: How they’ll be different

2021-03-18T14:25:25-04:00

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/

Michigan prison system to resume in-person visits March 26: How they’ll be different2021-03-18T14:25:25-04:00

Why The Marshall Project is tracking COVID-19 in America’s prisons

2021-03-18T14:22:54-04:00

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 [...]

Why The Marshall Project is tracking COVID-19 in America’s prisons2021-03-18T14:22:54-04:00

Reforms needed for pregnant people in prison, advocates say

2021-03-18T14:20:04-04:00

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/

Reforms needed for pregnant people in prison, advocates say2021-03-18T14:20:04-04:00

Michigan prison system’s coronavirus variant cases more than triple

2021-03-04T13:56:59-05:00

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 [...]

Michigan prison system’s coronavirus variant cases more than triple2021-03-04T13:56:59-05:00

Air purifiers built to kill coronavirus headed to jails in Wayne County

2021-03-04T13:53:59-05:00

Respiratory particles containing the coronavirus can linger in the air for hours after leaving a host. To help combat this, a new device is being installed at some southeast Michigan jail facilities. Twenty-two machines purchased by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office are built to filter and kill viruses though heat and filters. The goal is [...]

Air purifiers built to kill coronavirus headed to jails in Wayne County2021-03-04T13:53:59-05:00

40% of inmates in California’s corrections system have been vaccinated for COVID-19

2021-03-04T13:51:34-05:00

The Los Angeles Times reports that 40% of inmates in California’s corrections system have received the COVID-19 vaccine, a figure praised by prison advocates who say that only a fraction of the state’s vaccine supply is needed to protect a population that’s among the most vulnerable to the virus. The vaccinations began Dec. 22 according [...]

40% of inmates in California’s corrections system have been vaccinated for COVID-192021-03-04T13:51:34-05:00

Michigan prison, McLaren Hospital among workplaces cited for alleged COVID-19 violations

2021-03-04T13:47:52-05:00

A Michigan hospital and state corrections facility are among the workplaces cited by the state for coronavirus-related safety violations. Violations and fines were issued by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a result of inspections that turned up inadequate safety measures and failures to protect workers. Read more: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/02/26/mdoc-mclaren-among-employers-cited-covid-19-violations/6840826002/ [...]

Michigan prison, McLaren Hospital among workplaces cited for alleged COVID-19 violations2021-03-04T13:47:52-05:00

Johnson & Johnson ups Michigan COVID-19 vaccine supply to nearly 500,000 doses this week

2021-03-04T13:44:06-05:00

Michigan is expected to get 82,700 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Along with other COVID-19 vaccination drug shipments, Michigan will see its biggest shipment this first week of March at a time when demand far exceeds supply. Read more: [...]

Johnson & Johnson ups Michigan COVID-19 vaccine supply to nearly 500,000 doses this week2021-03-04T13:44:06-05:00

Whitmer plans to ease restrictions

2021-03-04T13:40:40-05:00

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her administration will announce the further loosening of restrictions across Michigan. Currently a state health department order limits indoor restaurant capacity to 25%, imposes a 10 p.m. curfew and restricts the size of inside residential gatherings to no more than 10 people from two households, through March 29. Read more: https://www.dailypress.net/news/local-news/2021/02/whitmer-plans-to-ease-restrictions/ [...]

Whitmer plans to ease restrictions2021-03-04T13:40:40-05:00

More than half of all COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are in Ionia County

2021-02-18T15:26:57-05:00

Fox News reports that of the nearly 900 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Michigan prison system, more than half of those cases are found in Ionia County. The Michigan Department of Corrections also noted that the UK variant of COVID-19 was found at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia. This strain is believed [...]

More than half of all COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are in Ionia County2021-02-18T15:26:57-05:00
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