Coronavirus Courses Through U.S. Prisons #infographic

Coronavirus Courses Through U.S. Prisons #infographic

As demonstrations rage throughout the US over racial inequality, so does the COVID-19 pandemic in marginalized communities. One group neglected is the U.S. prison system, in which almost 50,000 prisoners around the country contracted the virus in cramped, unsanitary conditions.

According to data collected by the research group The Marshall Project, at least 48,764 cases of COVID-19 were identified by prisoners in both federal and state prison systems. Although more than half of the reported cases have recovered, the infection has left 585 inmates to death.

Prison staff are also exposed to the virus, with as of June 23 COVID-19 hiring about 10,000 employees around the world. To date, 42 deaths of workers from the virus have been confirmed.

The country's jails control prisoners and staff in several different ways, making it difficult for institutions to track just how quickly the virus spreads. Although some states record hundreds or thousands of cases in their prison systems, others record few – or nil – cases of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Courses Through U.S. Prisons #infographic

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