Advocates say prisons and county jails are “powder kegs” waiting to blow in the coronavirus pandemic.
“If you think a cruise ship is bad, think of a prison,” Kate Chatfield, senior adviser for legislation and policy at the Justice Collaborative, told BuzzFeed News.
Those inmates who do become infected, advocates added, might not inform health care staff they’re feeling sick out of fear that the treatment is worse than the disease.
Quarantine may involve time in the same solitary cells used to punish inmates.
“Quarantine is punitive,” Adnan Khan, executive director of Re:Store Justice and a former inmate at San Quentin State Prison in California, told BuzzFeed News.

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