Prisons quarantined sick and healthy inmates together and continued moving prisoners and staff around facilities as the outbreak spread.
“I just feel like we were all let down,” said one prisoner. At least 39 staff and 113 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a staff source.
“The quality is terrible,” said one federal prison staffer of the KN95 he received. “I don’t even know where they got ’em from.”
Five people have died from COVID-19 at FCI Oakdale I in Louisiana.
“They literally leaving us in here to die,” says Aaron Campbell, an inmate at a federal prison where three people have died from COVID-19.
Coronavirus is spreading across the Bureau of Prisons, already killing one inmate in Louisiana and threatening to overwhelm local hospitals.
The bill would start to roll back the harsh federal sentencing laws that have helped fill America's prisons.
When I first got locked up, I was a 130-pound, 23-year-old junkie who had one thing in mind: survival. After years of being both a victim and an assailant, I changed my life for the better.
There were a lot of celebratory headlines after Attorney General Eric Holder announced a drop in the federal prison population last week, but the state-by-state numbers tell a more complicated tale.
Nearly 25 percent of the federal prison population may be granted reduced sentences in a move meant to address high costs and overcrowding.