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Short Update: More than 1,000 have died of coronavirus in US prisons and jails

FairTrialsAdmin - August 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

The number of known deaths in prisons, jails and other correctional facilities among prisoners and correctional officers has surpassed 1,000, according to a New York Times database tracking deaths in correctional institutions. The number has increased by about 40 percent during the past six weeks. Cases of infections among prisoners and guards have risen to nearly 160,000.  

The actual number of deaths is almost certainly higher because jails and prisons perform limited testing on inmates, including many facilities that decline to test prisoners who die after exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.  

A recent study showed that prisoners are infected at a rate more than five times the nation’s overall rate. The death rate of inmates is also higher than the national rate — 39 deaths per 100,000 compared to 29 deaths per 100,000. 

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