Surge of Coronavirus Cases Among Inmates

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Surge of Coronavirus Cases Among Inmates

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By Katelyn Keenhan/Luce Foundation: Southwest Stories Fellowship
Arizona has seen a surge in Coronavirus cases among incarcerated inmates in the state’s prison system. Cronkite News reporter, Katelyn Keenehan looks into the reasons behind the spread.

Currently, there are more than 49,000 incarcerated inmates across the United States that have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Arizona Department of Correction Rehabilitation and Rentry, there are currently 421 positive cases in state facilities.

Furthermore, ADCRR COVID measures call for no in-person visitation, a halt in inmate transfers, and small bars of soap upon request.

In an order from Gov. Doug Ducey in late June, he ordered that all inmates, correctional officers, or anyone released from state prison to be provided masks by July 5th.

Recently released inmate Jared Wagoner feels more measures should have been put in place to keep people safe.

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