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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 33 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,427. The state announced nearly 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 470,000 Hoosiers tested.

Federal Prison Inmate At Terre Haute Dies Of COVID-19

May 27, 2020
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Bureau of Prison says an inmate at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute who had COVID-19 has died, and three others there also have tested positive for the disease. The bureau said Tuesday that inmate Gregory Phinton Glenn reported chest pains and shortness of breath Sunday at the maximum-security penitentiary of the western Indiana complex. It says staff immediately took the 56-year-old Glenn to a clinic at the prison. He was transported  to a local hospital for further treatment and was pronounced dead by hospital staff following cardiac arrest.

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This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. on April 30, 2020 to include new information on Edwards' release date.

On the day Scottie Edwards died, he nearly fell over on the way to the bathroom. A pair of fellow inmates at the Westville Correctional Facility propped him up and got him to sit down on a toilet. 

“He had been sick for about a week and a half,” says one inmate named Josh in a recorded call. He asked to be identified by his first name, because he fears retaliation from prison staff. 

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Roughly 100 cars circled the Westville Correctional Facility Tuesday in protest of what the drivers say are dangerous health conditions regarding COVID-19 within the prison.

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An inmate at Westville has died of COVID-19.

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Ten prisoners in state Department of Correction facilities have now tested positive for COVID-19, along with 20 agency employees, prompting questions to City Limits: Coronavirus about how social distancing measures are being implemented in prisons and county jails. 

Since the middle of March, inmates entering the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington have been monitored for any signs of sickness.

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As of noon Monday, six people in three different Indiana Department of Corrections facilities have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a recent court filing from the agency’s chief medical officer. 

Michigan Stops Prison Visits Amid Virus Outbreak

Mar 13, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is ceasing in-person visits to state prisoners to limit their exposure to the new coronavirus.

 The move Friday came after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made a late-night announcement that all public and private schools — covering more than 1.5 million kids — will be closed for three weeks starting Monday.

Indiana Prisons Suspend Visitation Due To COVID-19

Mar 10, 2020
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The Indiana Department of Corrections has suspended visitation at eight facilities across the state as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh."

The 25-year-old Roof killed nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.

He told the AP that staff at a federal prison in Indiana feel justified in their conduct “since I am hated by the general public.”

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A Senate committee took hours of contentious testimony on a measure that would lower the age at which children are sent to the Department of Correction.

Major portions of the bill were entirely removed, on the fly, moments before a final vote was taken.

Provisions that remain expand the list of crimes that could send a delinquent child to the Department of Correction. The bill lowers the age of those children to as young as 12. And it potentially puts children in DOC longer.

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Sales and marketing company Televerde celebrated the opening of its newest call center at the Madison Correctional Facility for women Friday. The company sees itself helping address the workforce shortage by preparing program participants and employees for professional careers after release.

Televerde trains and employs women while they are serving time to help provide opportunities after they leave the facility, with aims to reduce recidivism rates.

CEO Morag Lucey says with a growing workforce shortage, the company is tapping into an underutilized population.

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The Indiana Department of Correction held its fifth Employer Day at a women’s prison in Rockville. A handful of employers and state officials attended to support inmates in finding work upon release.

Employers touring the facility met inmates participating in four training programs: culinary arts, coding, construction and one at a marketing call center. 

Carrie Heck is the director of the Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry Program. She says the employer days are just one of the ways the state is trying to connect inmates to job opportunities.

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DETROIT (AP) — A private prison company in northern Michigan says it can begin Tuesday to house non-U.S. citizens convicted of federal crimes.

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ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Former college football player and American citizen Wendell Brown has returned home to Michigan after being imprisoned in China for his involvement in a bar fight.

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Employers from companies across northern Indiana got to visit Westville Correctional Facility Thursday as part of an initiative to encourage businesses to hire former inmates.

At the Employer Day event, company representatives got a glimpse into inmates’ daily work. That meant touring a warehouse where inmates use high-powered saws and nail guns to refurbish shipping pallets.  

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I, like many Americans, have a relative serving time in prison. Ten years. People like me don’t usually talk about it. I recently visited him. If you’ve watched prison movies, you have some idea of how it feels to go through the security process and finally hear the big metal door close behind you, leaving you on the inside without a key. That’s a faint taste of what the prisoner feels when being locked up for the long haul.

(LANSING) - Some Michigan prison inmates who are serving sentences of life without parole could be released to nursing homes under bills approved by a Michigan House committee.

Lawmakers were told that care for elderly and very sick inmates is expensive for taxpayers, yet these are prisoners who no longer pose a risk. 

Chris Gowtz is with the Michigan Department of Corrections and he says there are currently 20 to 40 inmates who are old or sick enough to potentially qualify for medical parole. 

Bill Would Create Fund For Exonerated Prisoners

Feb 28, 2019
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State lawmakers want to give exonerated prisoners money for their wrongful incarceration.

The legislation is now in the Senate after its unanimous passage by the House.