Federal Prisons Will Let Inmates Have Visitors During Pandemic

The federal prison system “is committed to protecting the health and welfare of those individuals entrusted to our care, as well as our staff, their families, and the communities where we live and work,” the agency said in a statement.

Inmates and prison officials have said the inability of inmates to see loved ones — combined with the fear of becoming sick and having been largely restricted to cells or crowded dormitories — had exacerbated existing mental illnesses.

But not everyone is pleased with the return of in-person visits.

Mr. McGlothin, the federal prison employee in California, said that when he went to officials with concerns about the risks of renewed visits, he was told that the new partitions would help and that the plan would be safe.

“I said, ‘Safe for who?’” Mr. McGlothin said.

Even some families were reluctant.

Nina Schunck said that she and her daughter, an

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PA STATE PRISON INMATES accused of illegally obtaining jobless benefits

NOVEMBER 1ST THROUGH JANUARY 15 20 PEOPLE INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA STATE PRISON INMATES ARE CHARGED IN AN ALLEGED PLOT TO USE FALSE INFORMATION TO GET COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THE INMATES CHARGED OR AT BEEN OUR STATE PRISON IN CENTRE COUNTY AND MA HANOI STATE PRISON IN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL. SHAPIRO SAYS SEVERAL INMATES GIVE THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE PRISON WHO FILED FOR BENEFITS ON THEIR BEHALF, THE 20 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PLOT ALLEGEDLY GOT $300,000 MEANT FOR THOSE WHO LOST JOBS DUE TO COVID THESE CRIMINALS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY TO CASH IN ON THE BACKS OF WORKING PEOPLE ACROSS OUR COMMONWEALTH TO RIP OFF A PROGRAM MEANT FOR EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN UPROOTED. BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS TO OF THE 20 PEOPLE CHARGED DID NOT GET ANY MONEY 33 PEOPLE WERE CHARGED WITH SIMILAR CRIMES A FEW WEEKS AGO. … Read More

The Latest: at Least 2 Oklahoma Inmates Die of COVID-19 | Health News

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Tuesday reported that two inmates have died due to COVID-19 and seven other deaths are possibly the result of the disease, which is caused by the coronavirus.

The cause of the other seven deaths are pending autopsies by the state medical examiner, according to DOC.

Of the department’s nearly 25,000 inmates, 3,168 have tested positive for the virus and 1,398 cases are currently active, according to DOC Director Scott Crow, increases of 554 positive cases and 414 active cases from Monday.

Crow said difficulty in achieving social distancing within prisons has contributed to the increase in positive cases in recent weeks, in addition to resistance to wearing masks.

“Sometimes, just as we see in the public, especially with our inmate populations, they’re averse to actually wearing masks” Crow said.

Crow and interim state health commissioner Dr. Lance Frye announced plans to

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