Federal prisons to isolate inmates for 2 weeks amid coronavirus crisis

Federal prisons to isolate inmates for 2 weeks amid coronavirus crisis

[Ed. – This idea makes sense. Releasing prisoners because of the threat of infection is sheer insanity.]

All federal inmates across the country will be isolated in their cells for two weeks in an effort to fight the spread of coronavirus, federal prison officials announced.

The move, set to take effect Wednesday, is based solely on health concerns and will keep roughly 146,000 inmates confined across 122 facilities nationwide, the Bureau of Prisons said Tuesday.

“During this time, to the extent practicable, inmates should still have access to programs and services that are offered under normal operating procedures, such as mental health treatment and education,” prison officials said in a statement.

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Access to facilities like prison commissaries, laundry machines, showers and telephones will also be “afforded to the extent practical,” according to the new policy, which will be reevaluated after 14 days.

The move comes after a 47-year-old inmate died Saturday at a federal lockup in Louisiana. …

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