COVID in The Hole

How do prisons and jails isolate COVID-19 patients? Often, it’s solitary confinement, forcing patients to recuperate under the same dehumanizing conditions as those put “in the hole” as punishment.

Unlike COVID-19 patients, those punished with solitary get an hour a day outside their cell.
The pandemic has seen a 500% rise in the number of people placed in solitary compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to one analysis.
The scenario is not unique to COVID-19. 

Facilities use the same approach during flu season, and prisoners know full well how to avoid the dire conditions: Don’t report symptoms. Of course, this makes it easier for viruses to spread.

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