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The Crime Report: Three Corrections Chiefs Describe Successes in Containing COVID Outbreak

Friday, May 1, 2020  
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From the beginning of the national health emergency, it was clear that the novel coronavirus would pose a major challenge to the nation’s prisons and jails, with much of the social distancing called for in the outside world virtually impossible to achieve in the tight quarters behind bars.

Nearly 16,000 inmates and more than 7,500 corrections staff members nationwide have tested positive for exposure to the virus, a videoconference organized by the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) heard Thursday.

Those figures are considerably higher than the rate of exposure among the general population.

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