All Mass. Prisons On Lockdown After Third Inmate Death

The Mass. Department of Correction announced that all state prisons are now in lockdown after a third prisoner died of coronavirus on Saturday.

The Department of Correction says movement is restricted and it is expanding health and safety measures in all of its facilities.

The prisoner who died Saturday was a man in his 60s who had underlying health issues. The Department of Correction says he was immediately quarantined after developing symptoms, and was then taken to a hospital where he died 9 days later.

The three prisoner deaths all involved men incarcerated at the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater. It has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and prisoners of any correctional facility in the state.

Yesterday, the Mass. Supreme Court ruled that some state prisoners would be eligible for release, in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.

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