‘They’re scared’: A look inside the COVID-19 crisis in Arizona prisons

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‘They’re scared’: A look inside the COVID-19 crisis in Arizona prisons

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As COVID-19 began to spread across the Southwest in March, lawyers representing incarcerated Arizonans reported “unsanitary conditions,” “inadequate medical staffing and treatment” and a “failure to take strong and sensible precautionary measures” in state prisons.

The combination left prisoners “highly vulnerable to outbreaks,” the attorneys wrote in a letter to the state before asking a federal judge to intervene. The judge did by issuing an order for officials to release more information, but prison advocates say it hasn’t been enough.

Nearly four months later, complaints of insufficient safety measures and subpar medical care continue to plague Arizona prisons. At least 569 prisoners at 13 of the state’s 16 prison complexes had tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 15, according to the Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, and at least 371 staffers have reported positive results.

Justice reform advocates and others with ties to the correctional system worry the state is running out of time to prevent an even more dangerous surge in cases. COVID-19 can spread swiftly in crowded indoor spaces and among individuals with chronic health problems.
By Katelyn Keenehan/Luce Foundation: Southwest Stories Fellowship

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July 17, 2020

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Katelyn Keenehan

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Erin Craft

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Cronkite-Luce Fellowship

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Arizona State University

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Cronkite News

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English Government State
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Arizona Department of Corrections

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