COVID-19 Inside Arkansas Prisons: Virus Spreads Through Inmate Populations and Staff

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COVID-19 Inside Arkansas Prisons: Virus Spreads Through Inmate Populations and Staff

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This article is the first of a three-part series covering the covid pandemic inside the Arkansas State Corrections facilities. NPR reporter, Anna Stitt, interviewed several prisoners and focused her reporting on the Cummins Unit, the state’s largest and oldest facility. While no cases were reported inside the prison until one month after the state had issued a stay at home order, once the virus entered the facility it spread quickly. Stitt covers the different stories reported by employees and officials as opposed to the inmates at the prison and other facilities in the state. The inmates report lack of access to bathroom facilities, being ignored when sick, and many other problems. The officials on the other hand tell a very different story.
Cummins, Arkansas, incarceration, prison, farm, covid, quarantine, testing
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