Coronavirus Cases Increase In Massachusetts Prisons And Jails

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Hampden Country Sheriff Nick Cocchi says that 79 prisoners and 20 staff have tested positive for the coronavirus at the county jail in Ludlow.

This comes amidst allegations by attorneys for families of two inmates that the state Department of Correction is trying to hide the number of people dying of COVID-19 in its custody.

We hear from WBUR senior correspondent Deborah Becker, who has been reporting on how Massachusetts correctional facilities are handling the coronavirus pandemic.

This segment aired on December 2, 2020.

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Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.


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