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More than Half of WI Inmates Infected with COVID-19

The coronavirus hit prisons especially hard during the fall months of the pandemic, with infections among inmates at a rate more than five times higher than in the general population. At least 25 incarcerated individuals have died from COVID-19, according to the Department of Corrections. More than 12,000 Wisconsin prisoners have tested positive. Prisoners have filed court cases about overcrowding, which exacerbates the spread, to no avail. Inmates over age 65 have already begun to receive COVID-19 vaccines, which was a topic of social and legislative debate. Prisons across the country have faced challenges containing the virus.

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