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COVID-19 deaths and cases continue to rise at Indiana prisons

Now 10 inmate deaths among those behind bars
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Posted at 4:19 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 16:19:14-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The COVID-19 death toll among offenders in the Indiana prison system continues to rise.

New figures Monday from the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) list 10 inmate deaths. Compare that to less than two-weeks ago. On April 23, just one inmate had died from the virus.

There has been no recent change in the number of IDOC prison staff who have died from COVID-19. It remains at two.

Four offenders at the Pendleton Reformatory have died, along with three each at the Plainfield IYC and the Westville Correctional Center in northern Indiana.

Within the entire state system, the number of inmates testing positive for COVID-19 has jumped by more than 200 in less than two weeks to 487. Of thousand, 193 are listed as recovered.

More than 3,000 offenders statewide have been placed in quarantine or isolation since March.