An Oklahoma prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 died in a hospital on Saturday. If she had lived, the woman’s earliest possible release would have come in May, 2021.
A nonprofit leader hoped Oklahoma County would use some of its $47 million CARES Act grant to help people facing eviction. But the state’s most populous county is planning to spend the bulk of that relief package on its problematic jail.
Covid-19 made it harder for some domestic violence victims to find safety from their abusers. Victim advocates also fear they may experience more severe violence in their isolation.
An outbreak of Covid-19 in the Comanche County jail underscores how vulnerable jail populations are to the disease. Officials in the state’s two largest counties are considering increasing testing in their jails to make sure they don’t have their own outbreak.
Thousands of prisoners across the country are infected with Covid-19. The more states test, the more cases they find. Some question whether Oklahoma’s Covid-19 testing policies have revealed the true number of state prisoners carrying the disease.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections decides which prisoners to test for Covid-19 on a cases by case basis. So far, two prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19.
The Marshall Project reported coronavirus infections in U.S. prisons more than tripled in one week.
Covid-19 is pushing the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider ways to speed up its work recommending people for early release.
Oklahoma prisons are overcrowded and prisoners have to live in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult. The conditions are perfect for coronavirus to spread.