WRAL: Federal inmate in Butner dies after testing positive for COVID-19

WRAL: Federal inmate in Butner dies after testing positive for COVID-19. “According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Ricky Lynn Miller, a 62-year-old inmate sentenced in the Northern District of Texas to a 210-month sentence for receipt of a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, had been in custody at the federal prison in Butner since July 11, 2018.”

Associated Press: 2 dead of virus at US prison where executions are scheduled

Associated Press: 2 dead of virus at US prison where executions are scheduled. “Two inmates have died in as many days from coronavirus at the federal prison complex where the U.S. government plans to carry out two executions next week. The virus deaths are likely to raise alarm with advocates and lawyers for the condemned men over the spread of coronavirus at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. As of Tuesday, more than 40 inmates had confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the agency’s statistics.”

Oregon fires: evacuated prisoners sleep on floor in packed Covid-19 hotspot (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Oregon fires: evacuated prisoners sleep on floor in packed Covid-19 hotspot. “Unprecedented wildfires and rushed evacuations in Oregon have wreaked havoc on the state’s incarcerated population, with thousands now packed into a single overcrowded prison that was already a major Covid-19 hotspot.”

The City NYC: Former Inmates Threatened with Early Checkout from Taxpayer-Funded Hotel Rooms

The City NYC: Former Inmates Threatened with Early Checkout from Taxpayer-Funded Hotel Rooms. “The de Blasio administration is seeking reimbursement for the COVID Emergency Housing program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has recently moved to yank funding for disinfecting New York City trains and schools. The city has contracted with multiple social service nonprofits and the hotels until Oct. 31.”

Human Rights Watch: Covid-19 Spreads in Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons

Human Rights Watch: Covid-19 Spreads in Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons. “At least 17 prisons in Indonesia have Covid-19 cases, with 120 inmates and 18 officials infected with the coronavirus, according to a joint report from human rights groups. While testing rates are very low, seven inmates are suspected to have died from Covid-19. The report, by the Jakarta-based Indonesia Judicial Research Society, the Indonesian Institute for Independent Judiciary, and the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, calls on Indonesian authorities to further reduce prison populations.”

“They Sent Us To Just Fade Away And Die”: Men Incarcerated at Cuomo’s Prison Nursing Home Say They Can’t Access Medical Care (Gothamist)

Gothamist: “They Sent Us To Just Fade Away And Die”: Men Incarcerated at Cuomo’s Prison Nursing Home Say They Can’t Access Medical Care. “An 80-year-old man, suffering from osteoporosis, ordered to do manual labor. A 63-year-old with AIDS deprived of a routine blood test. A 64-year-old with chronic lung disease unable to see a doctor. These are some of the stories from men incarcerated at the Adirondack Correctional Facility, a prison in Ray Brook, New York, just south of the Canadian border. Nearly 100 inmates over the age of 60 were hastily transferred there in June, as COVID-19 was spreading through downstate prisons.”

Carolina Public Press: Outbreak rages at NC women’s prison ahead of new court hearing

Carolina Public Press: Outbreak rages at NC women’s prison ahead of new court hearing. “The women’s prison in Raleigh has had the most consistent and widespread outbreak of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, of any prison in the state. Even without a pandemic raging inside its walls, women who have been in the prison describe poor conditions. The N.C. Correctional Institution for Women does not have air conditioning. Fans and coolers with ice are put out, but prison staffers take them away to punish inmates, according to Anna Crim, who was released from NCCIW on July 17 and is now on post-release supervision.”

“I Had Hit The Lottery”: Inmates Desperate To Get Out Of Prisons Hit Hard By The Coronavirus Are Racing To Court (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “I Had Hit The Lottery”: Inmates Desperate To Get Out Of Prisons Hit Hard By The Coronavirus Are Racing To Court. “Judges are making medical assessments about how much of a threat COVID-19 poses to an individual inmate and then deciding how to balance that against the public safety risk of sending that person back into the community; inmates are usually released to home confinement or under the supervision of a probation officer. And judges are reaching different conclusions about how to measure an inmate’s risk of exposure in state and federal prisons, which have seen some of the worst clusters of COVID-19 cases nationwide.”

AZ Central: 517 inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Tucson, nearly half of prison population there

AZ Central: 517 inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Tucson, nearly half of prison population there. “The tests came after inmates at the Whetstone Unit staged a peaceful walkout on Thursday,July 23, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 inside the facility, according to a report by KOLD News 13 in Tucson. Inmates told staff they wanted to remain on lockdown and have their lunches delivered to them, according to KOLD. The 517 new cases is a 72% jump in the department’s identified COVID-19 cases.”

Fast Company: Find out if your 401(k) is paying for the prison-industrial complex

Fast Company: Find out if your 401(k) is paying for the prison-industrial complex. “If you have a 401(k), there’s a good chance that it’s invested in private prisons or the companies that support them. A new tool, Prison Free Funds, will help you find out if that’s the case and then switch to a different mutual fund.”

Tampa Bay Times: Mark Inch, Florida’s prison boss, tests positive for COVID-19

Tampa Bay Times: Mark Inch, Florida’s prison boss, tests positive for COVID-19. “After months of attempting to mitigate COVID-19′s spread through the Florida prison system, Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch is facing the highly infectious disease himself. In a press release sent late Friday night, the department said Inch and Deputy Secretary Ricky Dixon have tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Columbia Correctional Institution and attending a Florida Sheriff’s Association conference July 27.”

Los Angeles Times: Fears grow that releasing thousands of California prisoners will spread COVID-19 into communities

Los Angeles Times: Fears grow that releasing thousands of California prisoners will spread COVID-19 into communities. “Missteps by corrections officials handling releases from state prisons are fueling fears in some California counties that thousands of inmates eligible for early release will spread the coronavirus in their communities. Across the state, county probation officials and others on the front lines of the release of as many as 8,000 inmates by the end of August have complained that prisoners were recently freed with little notice to local authorities and without appropriate transportation or quarantine housing — and in some cases, no clear indication they were virus-free.”

Los Angeles Times: Coronavirus is killing more Californians than ever before, and cruel inequities are worsening

Los Angeles Times: Coronavirus is killing more Californians than ever before, and cruel inequities are worsening. “California reached another bleak coronavirus milestone this week, recording more than 100 daily deaths in the worst fatality numbers since the pandemic began. But just as troubling, health officials and experts say, is how COVID-19 is stalking certain groups, such as essential workers, and those in institutions including nursing homes and prisons, at much greater rates than those who have the ability to stay home.”

AP: Watchdog finds flawed virus response at California prison

AP: Watchdog finds flawed virus response at California prison. “A federal prison complex in California struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus because of staff shortages, limited use of home confinement and ineffective screening, the Justice Department watchdog said Thursday as it released the first results of remote inspections of facilities across the country.”

‘It’s just too long’: children in detention may face Covid-19 restrictions until 2022 (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘It’s just too long’: children in detention may face Covid-19 restrictions until 2022. “The Ministry of Justice has said that new rules that allow youth detention facilities to hold children in solitary confinement for up to 22 hours a day to prevent the spread of Covid-19 could remain in place for two years despite lockdown measures being relaxed for the rest of the UK.”