In Michigan, 60-year-old prisoner William Garrison died of COVID-19 on April 13, just days before he was set to be released on parole because his age made him vulnerable to the coronavirus. Garrison served 44 years in prison after he was convicted of murder as a 16-year-old.
In Ohio, more than 1,800 prisoners and over 100 prison staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Marion Correctional Institution. The prison is now the nation’s leading coronavirus hot spot.
In Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that nearly 40% of the state’s coronavirus cases are concentrated at the Cummins maximum-security prison, where some 850 prisoners have tested positive.