Michigan Prison Sees Huge COVID Spike After Inmate Transfers

Michigan Jail Sees Major COVID Outbreak Due to Inmate Transfers

(RepublicanNews.org) – Everyone thought the inmates and staff at upstate Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility were safe until they weren’t. Originally opened in 1977, it’s located on Michigan’s upper peninsula, a mere stone’s throw from Canada. Families of incarcerated inmates hoped the 1,280-bed facility would be safe from a coronavirus outbreak due to its isolated location. Kinross remained relatively unaffected by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic for months, having one confirmed case between March and the latter part of October.

Then, on October 28, Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) officials transferred nine prisoners to Kinross from another facility located several hours away. Those inmates had been incarcerated at Marquette Branch Prison, which had 350 active cases of COVID-19 infection at the time of the men’s transfer — down from 837 earlier that month.

DOC records show that about three weeks later, Kinross experienced its first major outbreak of the deadly disease. By December 21, over 1,1000 prisoners and 100 staff members were infected, and at least 7 inmates died.

Similar outbreaks have occurred in other prison facilities throughout the country. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former personal attorney Michael Cohen both transferred from prisons to home confinement earlier this year due to concerns regarding COVID-19.

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