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Short Update: Advocates calls for release not solitary confinement in Massachusetts prisons

FT Admin - June 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases, Prison conditions

When coronavirus swept through Massachusetts prisons, the authorities imposed large shared quarantine units and weeks of solitary confinement with just 30 minutes out a day to take a shower or make a phone call. Despite harsh lockdowns, nearly half of women in Massachusetts prisons have caught the virus. Advocates say large-scale release, not solitary confinement, is the best way to protect incarcerated people from coronavirus. But as of 17 June, only 13 people have been released from Massachusetts prisons for coronavirus-related concerns.  

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