Episode 1

‘He shouldn’t have had to die’: COVID-19 infects half of Wisconsin inmates, five times the overall state rate


March 29th, 2021

29 mins 49 secs

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The coronavirus has run rampant across Wisconsin’s state prison system, infecting at least 2,153 staff members at adult institutions who self-reported test results and 10,786 inmates throughout the pandemic — more than half of the current population. These outbreaks have killed at least 25 inmates, according to Wisconsin Deparment of Corrections data. The state has detected infections among inmates at a rate more than five times higher than in the Wisconsin general population. Advocates are concerned that prisons aren't equipped to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

Reporting by Vanessa Swales. Originally published on Feb. 13, 2021.

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