SIEGELMAN SAYS HE’S NOT SURPRISED BY LOUISIANA PRISON’S COVID-19 NUMBERS

The federal correctional institution in Oakdale, Louisiana, is one of the prisons most impacted by COVID-19 in the nation.

It’s also the same prison former Gov. Don Siegelman served his five-year sentence for government corruption.  He experienced the overcrowding firsthand, and said it would be nearly impossible for inmates to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“In one of the dorms where I stayed, the bunks were actually stacked three on top of each other and they were so close you could reach out and touch each isle,” Siegelman said. “The beds beside you, there were no windows, one door in, one door out, so anything that is going on with an inmate, any kind of extraction or a virus its going to be spread rapidly.”

As of April 22, the federal prison in Louisiana has 23 inmates and 22 staff members who have tested positive for the virus. Nine inmates have died.

According to the prison’s website, visitation has been suspended until further notice.

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