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Third Wisconsin prison experiences coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 8:19 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 16:15:06-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP/TMJ4) — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says there’s been another coronavirus outbreak in a state prison.

The DOC says the Racine Correctional Institution/Sturtevant Transitional Facility had 127 active COVID-19 cases among prisoners as of Monday.

Two other prisons, Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution and Oshkosh Correctional Institution, are still in the midst of two large outbreaks.

As of Monday, Kettle Moraine had 412 active cases among inmates and Oshkosh had 346.

Sturtevant is a small unit of Racine Correctional and is located adjacent to the larger prison.

The facilities are counted as one prison on the DOC’s data dashboard.

Also on Tuesday, the ACLU called for DOC to release more information on the number of hospitalizations and deaths in Wisconsin's prisons.

“The people of the Wisconsin are entitled to understand what additional burdens are being placed on our hospital systems as a result of the failure by Governor Evers and Secretary Carr to take serious actions to reduce the populations in Wisconsin prisons and to release the elderly and medically vulnerable who are most at risk,” said Chris Ott, Executive Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, in a statement.

“Since the governor’s emergency declaration in March, we have been urging the state to act, and now we are seeing the consequences of not acting," according to Ott.

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