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Prisons’ design allows the virus; and highly communicable disease; to exploit it and spread. Hundreds of people are confined to small spaces together for long periods of time. Questionable food safety and overall sanitation make it easy for the disease to enter from the outside and accumulate on food and surfaces. These combined with already substandard medical care create a new health crisis within an existing larger one.
To start, the Federal Bureau of Prisons can require higher health standards, meaning bringing in qualified, impartial medical personnel to treat patients.
Do they not? The prison I visit has "nurses" are those not actually trained nurses? or are they not required to be, and this prison is just doing something they aren't required to? Don't get me wrong, I don't think they are impartial at all, they withhold some vital care from inmates, especially those in pre-trial detention who were taking meds at the time of booking.
Thanks @TeresaXero . One would assume that due to inability to social distance, vaccinating the prisoners is vital 🤷🏽♂️
Are the prisoners given access to the vaccine?
@Ibrahem Alhaidari less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press. In some states, prisoners and advocates have resorted to lawsuits to get access. And even when they are eligible, they aren’t receiving important education about the vaccine.
This is deplorable!, I’m really interested in finding out how wide spread of a problem this is (both Covid and feeding them raw food).
@RJ "Deke" Dieken thanks for sharing this and the Twitter account, will help looking into this.
The Prison guys i talked to tell me this is a nation wide practice. It took them a little while to get back to me.
No, worse, i'm saying that someone was POSSIBLY exposed and self reported (and never actually did catch covid) and they were sent to solitary...without changing the conditions of solitary, and i'm saying it's not uncommon. My Report is from Montana, i actually just sent off a question to a guy i know down in LA or MS to see if it's a nationwide kind of thing...i always get those two states mixed up so i can't remember which one he's in.
A good source for the inside is a twitter account called Jailhouse Lawyers speak, they kind of forward stuff from folks on the inside who have burner phones that the guards don't know about...they have taken some REALLY horrific pictures...one at the begging of covid was where the guys were served 100% raw chicken for dinner, because they didn't have enough guards to cook it, and no one even had access to a microwave or anything...so basically no one had food, because no one was stupid enough to eat it, but the prison got to check the box that they fed the folks.
The question I have is, what can be done about it?
Well, if you look at it as an inability to social distance--
One of the first steps would be voiding unconscionable contracts that private prison companies have with States. Many States have been (market dynamics) forced to sign contracts that specify a minimum percentage of jail occupancy, some states are actually charged MORE for an empty prison bed than a full one. While this makes sense when you look at prisoners as slave labor, maybe that's not the way we should look at our criminal "justice" system.
The prisons are so packed, because states are contractually obligated to keep them that way.
Also, one of my friends went in the hole for two weeks because of possible exposure, that's basically asking prisoners to volunteer to be tortured (they didn't change the solitary conditions of no bed, no tv, no nothing, they didn't even let him bring his portable tablet!). Solitary confinement is widely considered to be one of the cruelest forms of punishment that can be inflicted upon a human, there is significant research proving that it does not take long in solitary to significantly damage someone's brain. So, if contract tracing is critical to reducing the spread of COVID, it would also help if they are not torturing prisoners who self-report exposure.
@RJ "Deke" Dieken wait a minute, are you saying that someone caught covid due to over crowding, and in order to isolate them they sent them to solitary? … really??