October 23, 2020

Update: COVID-19 Prisoner Deaths

Read the following on prisoner COVID-19 related deaths in Federal prison, State prisons and Jails. 

ACLU:

COVID-19 Model Finds Nearly 100,000 More Deaths Than Current  Estimates, Due to Failures to Reduce Jail

                  New Model Shows Reducing Jail Population will Lower COVID-19 Death Toll for  All of Us

“Models projecting total U.S. fatalities to be under 100,0001 may be underestimating deaths by almost another 100,000 if we continue to operate jails as usual, based on a new epidemiological study completed in partnership between academic researchers and ACLU Analytics. That is, deaths could be double the current projections due to the omission of jails from most public models. Numbers used by the Trump administration largely fail to consider several factors that will explosively increase the loss of life unless drastic reforms are adopted to reduce the nation’s jail populations.”

Failing Grades: States’ Responses to COVID-19 in Jails & Prisons

“Advocates were rightly concerned, given the long-standing and systemic racial disparities in arrest, prosecution, and sentencing, that policymakers would be slow to respond to the threat of the virus in prisons and jails when it was disproportionately poor people of color whose lives were on the line. Would elected officials be willing to take the necessary steps to save lives in time?… The results are clear: despite all of the information, voices calling for action, and the obvious need, state responses ranged from disorganized or ineffective, at best, to callously nonexistent at worst. Even using data from criminal justice system agencies — that is, even using states’ own versions of this story — it is clear that no state has done enough and that all states failed to implement a cohesive, system-wide response.”

The Federal Bureau of Prisons:

09/25/2020 – The BOP has 126,726 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 14,263 in community-based facilities. The BOP staff complement is approximately 36,000. There are 1,995 federal inmates and 703 BOP staff who have confirmed positive test results for COVID-19 nationwide. Currently, 12,505 inmates and 1,118 staff have recovered. There have been 124 federal inmate deaths and 2 BOP staff member deaths attributed to COVID-19 disease. Of the inmate deaths, 4 occurred while on home confinement. Full breakdown and additional details …

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The Marshall Project: State by State Coronavirus in US prisons:

132,677: Cases by September 22nd, 2020, 1,108 deaths by September 22nd, 2020

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“By Sept. 22, at least 132,677 people in prison had tested positive for the illness, a 5 percent increase from the week before. New cases among prisoners reached an all-time high in early August after slowing down in June. The growth in recent weeks was driven by big jumps in prisoners testing positive in Florida, California and the federal Bureau of Prisons as well as outbreaks in Arkansas, Hawaii and Oklahoma.”

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons:

BOP: COVID-19 Update” on COVID-19 Related Death in US Federal Prisons

“The BOP has 142,446 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 10,447 in community-based facilities. The BOP staff complement is approximately 36,000. As of 04/28/2020, there are 1313 federal inmates and 335 BOP staff who have confirmed positive test results for COVID-19 nationwide. Currently, 404 inmates and 132 staff have recovered. There have been 30 federal inmate deaths and 0 BOP staff member deaths attributed to COVID-19 disease. Full breakdown and additional details …” 

 

State Prisons: Over 100 prisoners have died

The New York Times: “No one deserves to die of Covid-19 in prison or jail. But more than 100 inmates already have, and thousands more could if prisons and elected officials do not take steps to protect the incarcerated now. A report from the American Civil Liberties Union predicted that an explosion of cases in jails could cause the total death count in the United States to double.:” Read:

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