Coronavirus Courses Through U.S. Prisons #infographic

Coronavirus Courses Through U.S. Prisons #infographic

As protests over racial discrimination continue across the U.S., so does the COVID-19 pandemic in overlooked communities. One population ignored is the U.S. prison system, where almost 50,000 prisoners around the country contracted the virus in crowded, unsanitary conditions.

At least 48,764 cases of COVID-19 have been identified by prisoners in both federal and state prison systems, according to data collected by the research group The Marshall Project. While more than half of the confirmed cases have recovered, 585 inmates have died from the virus.

Prison workers are also exposed to the virus, with COVID-19 contracting by about 10,000 employees around the country as of June 23. 42 deaths of staff members from the virus have been confirmed so far.

Prisons around the country monitor inmates and workers in many different ways, making it impossible for institutions to track exactly how quickly the virus is spreading. While some states report hundreds or thousands of cases within their prison systems, there are few – even zero – COVID-19 cases reported by others.

Coronavirus Courses Through U.S. Prisons #infographic

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