Louisiana Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States.

World Health Organization

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Prison Policy Initiative updates

March 27, 2020

“We offer five areas where quick action could slow the spread of the viral pandemic in prisons and jails and in society as a whole.”

by Peter Wagner and Emily Widra

The United States incarcerates a greater share of its population than any other nation in the world, so it is urgent that policymakers take the public health case for criminal justice reform seriously and make necessary changes to protect people in prisons, in jails, on probation, and on parole.

Here are five places to focus:

1.Reduce the number of people in local jails.

2. Reduce the number of people in state and federal prisons.

3. Eliminate unnecessary face-to-face contact for justice-involved people.

4. Make correctional healthcare humane (and efficient) in a way that protects both health and human dignity.

5. Don’t make this time more stressful for families (or more profitable for prison telephone providers) than absolutely necessary.

Click here to read the full article and explanations on each point.

Why Coronavirus in Jails Should Concern All of Us

This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis.

Substantial epidemiological research shows that mass incarceration raises contagion rates for infectious disease—both for people in jails, and for the community at large.

Click here to read full research report.

Click here to read the full “The Appeal” E-newsletter.

Louisiana plans to house local and state inmates with coronavirus at Angola and Allen Correctional

WDSU 6 News

March 27, 2020

Emily Lane, Investigative Reporter

The Louisiana Department of Corrections and Public Safety plans to house inmates who test positive for the coronavirus, including those from all over the state who have not been convicted of crimes, at one of two state prisons, the department said.

Local sheriff’s offices with the resources to treat jailed coronavirus patients at their local jails should to do so, said Ken Pastorick, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections. Operators of local jails not equipped to treat coronavirus patients, as well as other state prisons, can transfer inmates with COVID-19 to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is often referred to as Angola, and to Allen Correctional Center, according to the plan.

Click here to read the full story

Five ways the criminal justice system could slow the pandemic

Prison Policy Initiative updates

March 27, 2020

by Peter Wagner and Emily Widra

” We previously published a list of common sense reforms that could slow the spread of the virus in jails and prisons. In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the U.S., and specifically in prisons and jails, we found it necessary to update these recommendations with more detail about who has the power and responsibility to enact policy change, and how to reform the criminal justice system in the midst of a public health crisis.

Quick action is necessary for three reasons: Correctional staff and incarcerated populations are already testing positive, the justice-involved population disproportionately has health conditions that make them more vulnerable, and the staffing resources required to make policy changes will be depleted long before the pandemic peaks. “

Click here to read full report.

Louisiana state prison inmate tests positive for coronavirus; 1st confirmed case at a state facility

BY JACQUELINE DeROBERTIS | Staff writer Published Mar 28, 2020

Click here to read the article.

Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison

NBC News

March 29, 2020

By Rich Schapiro

A 47-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting the coronavirus at a Louisiana federal prison where at least five prisoners have tested positive for the virus, officials said.

The death of Patrick Jones marks the first COVID-19 related death of an inmate in the federal prison system, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said.

Jones was locked up on drug charges at a minimum-security prison in Oakdale facing a surge in Covid-19 cases, according to the Bureau of Prisons and union leaders.

Click here to read full news story.

Life-saving measures to protect Louisiana Prisoners from COVID-19

Ashley Baker started this petition to Governor John Bel Edwards

Click here to read the petition.

Letter to the U.S. Attorney General Barr from Chairman Nadler and Representative Bass

I just wanted to share a letter that went to the U.S. Attorney General Barr from Chairman Nadler and Representative Bass urging the release of as many people as possible from federal custody with no exceptions based on offense. The letter also outlines the many concerns with last week’s memorandum to BOP placing restrictions on home confinement. (