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Short Update: Spread of COVID-19 in US prisons sparks fear of lockdowns and solitary confinement

FT Admin - June 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

Prisons across the country have placed prisoners on lockdown, mostly being kept in their cells around-the-clock, as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now prison reformers are worried that the response has increased the use of solitary confinement, a practice they've long fought against. 

Lockdown varies from prison to prison. In most cases, prisoners can't leave their cells for meals, exercise or prison jobs and can't receive visits from family. There might also be limits on mail and phone calls. 

This trend is outlined in the coalition's new report Solitary Confinement Is Never the Answer. 

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