Coronavirus Behind Bars

Human rights activists are raising the alarm about prison conditions amid COVID-19.

The true extent of COVID-19 in prisons is far from clear—but when widespread testing is done behind bars, the results have been startling—more than 70% of inmates tested positive in one Ohio facility, NPR reports.
In Indonesia, where crammed prison conditions have sparked riots amid fear of the pandemic—officials plan to release some 50,000 inmates after rights activists highlighted the dire conditions, The Guardian reports. Images show prisoners packed with hundreds of prisoners in a single space, sharing one toilet.
El Salvador’s president has been condemned for blatantly undermining social distancing norms—tweeting humiliating images of nearly naked inmates forced to sit tightly pressed together as punishment for an outbreak of violence, Reuters reports.

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