Feds may send some prisoners home due to virus risks

There are approximately 167,000 federal prisoners in federal institutions and private or local prisons, of which approximately 10,000 are older than 60, the attorney general told reporters.

So far, six federal prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 and have been isolated, with one of these inmates from an Oakdale, La. Facility being in critical condition, Barr said. Four employees tested positive across the system, he said.

Barr said that the Bureau of Prisons had adequate personal protective equipment for its employees at the beginning of the crisis, but some materials had to be shipped across the country to the most affected areas. However, he said that the current care would only take about 30 to 45 days.

“There is definitely a need to increase our PSA inventory because we want it to be more robust across the system,” he said.

Most of the prisoners in the United States are in state and local prisons. Several governors and mayors have announced plans to release prisoners early to combat the spread of the virus.

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