Kansas prisoners are being held hostage to COVID-19

State faces daunting challenge to adequately care for inmates who have contracted the virus as well as prevent its spread.



May 11, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Lansing Correctional Facility

There’s a crisis in our prison system. We recently learned tests of the residents in a single unit at Lansing Correctional Facility showed 75% of the 240 men tested were positive, though most show no symptoms. The facility is now in a 14-day quarantine.

Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Kelly and her team have worked hard to share information, increase the state’s testing capacity, secure personal protective equipment, outline a plan to restart the economy, improve the antiquated unemployment system and a host of other things that have benefited Kansans during this time.

But for those living and working in our penal institutions, a comprehensive plan to identify solutions to decrease the spread of COVID-19 within our prisons has been too long in coming.

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