Amidst talk of new variants and unvaccinated populations, there’s more bad news: reports of COVID-19 deaths in prisons may have been a MAJOR undercount.
While it was previously believed around 600,000 people in prisons – 39% of them! – have had the virus, and nearly 3,000 have died, there’s been one crucial factor missing from the numbers.
According to the New York Times, a percentage of incarcerated people were technically hospitalized outside prison before they died – so they were not counted.
“[Prisons] … say that they’ve had no Covid-19 deaths ... because they sent him to the hospital to die,” Chris Williamson noted, whose father unfortunately fit that description.
The COVID-19 pandemic still isn't over. To prevent more deaths, we need to know how big of a problem the virus in prisons is. This is a direct example of dishonesty within the system putting Black lives at risk.