Prison staff talk inmate transfers amid virus

Prison staff talk inmate transfers amid virus”

He said on Thursday that the man had "significant pre-existing conditions" and was in critical condition.

BOP officials said Rodriquez had long-term, preexisting medical conditions which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease.

Taylor was tested at the hospital for COVID-19, but those test results have not yet been returned, according to the release.

The BOP reported lower coronavirus figures for Oakdale, saying seven inmates and three staffers have been diagnosed.

"This virus, if you are claiming it's a hoax or blaming politics on this, it's a humanity issue", Morris said.

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Barr said among the 10,000 inmates that are aged 60 and over, 40 percent of them are serving sentences for violent crimes or sex offenses. Of those, 15 inmates were in local hospitals. He had been in custody at FCI Oakdale I since September 2015. Last week, Attorney General William Barr announced he had ordered federal prisons to expand home confinement for older inmates with underlying conditions.

The BOP did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations about food at the prison, infections among prison staff, and possible community spread.

The federal prison system will begin locking inmates down for two weeks today amid rising cases of coronavirus across the country. The BOP said additional measures are being taken to contain the spread of the virus, including further limiting transfers of inmates between facilities, though some movement is expected to continue for medical trips, new arrivals, and other exceptions.

Prisons in the USA are run by state and federal authorities with inmates generally being sent to the respective facilities based on whether they were convicted of violating state or federal laws. The BOP was previously quarantining all newly admitted inmates in their facilities for 14 days.

The move marks the first time the federal prison system has been on total lockdown since a series of riots in 1995.

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