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August 19, 2021: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG




Quick Facts: Currently positive-testing inmates: 412 (up from 387) Currently positive-testing staff: 335 (up from 318) Recovered inmates: 42,762 (down from 42,844) Recovered staff: 7,135 (up from 7,127)


Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing inmates:

Coleman II USP: 55 (unchanged)

Three Rivers FCI: 36

San Diego MCC: 32

Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing staff:

Pollock USP: 29 (unchanged)

McCreary USP: 24 (up from 20)

Oakdale I FCI: 15 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 130,797 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 14,492 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 119,569 (down from 119,711) Positive tests: 42,657 (down from 42,712)

Total Vaccine doses distributed: 211,320

News Note: An August 18, 2021, article in theconversation.com, titled Correctional officers are driving the pandemic in prisons, by Danielle Wallace, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, explains, "My colleagues and I set out to understand why COVID-19 infection rates were so high among incarcerated individuals," and concludes -- we have previously discussed in this blog -- that correctional officers who refuse to be vaccinated, are a part of the problem:


Prisons and jails have hosted some of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S., with some facilities approaching 4,000 cases. In the U.S., which has some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the world, 9 in 100 people have had the virus; in U.S. prisons, the rate is 34 out of 100....


Using data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, we discovered the infection rate among correctional officers drove the infection rate among incarcerated individuals. We also found a three-way relationship between the infection rate of officers, incarcerated individuals and the communities around prisons.

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As the second and third waves of COVID-19 swept through the nation and the federal prison system, the mask mandate made only a small dent in slowing the uptick of infections among prisoners.


Additionally, vaccine adoption rates among correctional officers and incarcerated people are low, weakening this line of defense. Across all states, incarcerated people have not been prioritized for the vaccine. Even when the vaccines are available, many incarcerated people are skeptical about receiving them due to mistrust of prison officials.



Death Watch: Yesterday's reported inmate fatality has been identified as Ikaika Ryan Chung, 42, of FCI Sheridan, who died on August 12, 2021. Inmate deaths remain at 244. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. The BOP has reported an additional staff death, bringing staff fatalities to 4



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