For Coppess, who heads up the Arizona S.T.A.R.T Project, each day is filled with uncertainty about what the future may hold for her husband. There have been more than 1,300 COVID-19 cases at the Wilmot facility since the start of the pandemic, and ten inmates there have died. “Since the beginning, he told me like at…

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“How can they social distance when they are being obligated to eat together, and when they are being obligated to go to medical to take care of their pills two times a day, and to chow — to the dining hall — in groups of hundreds?” Coppess said. READ MORE: https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1586457/pima-county-urges-public-health-officials-reduce-prison-populations

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Arizona has one of the largest incarcerated populations in the country. Many are also over 55 years old. But the state lags behind others in releasing inmates. Prison reform advocates have been vocal about the gap. READ MORE: https://news.azpm.org/s/75975-arizona-advocates-plead-with-state-to-release-vulnerable-inmates-amid-covid-19/

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There are more than 40,000 people locked up in Arizona State Prisons. One bipartisan advocacy group is working tirelessly to convince state leaders to reduce the prison population to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. READ MORE: https://kvoa.com/news/2020/04/21/criminal-justice-reform-group-pushing-gov-ducey-to-reduce-prison-population/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_News_4_Tucson_-_KVOA

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Advocates for inmates have asked Arizona’s top public health official to order inspections of state prisons to help guard against the coronavirus there. READ MORE: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2020-04-07/tribal-land-known-for-waterfalls-extends-tourism-closure

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