Shoddy masks — some made from socks — leave Central Florida jail inmates exposed to COVID-19, attorneys say
ORLANDO, Fla. — As COVID-19 continues to spread through Central Florida’s jails, sickening hundreds of inmates and corrections staff, the facilities have failed to adequately shield inmates from the virus, critics say.Attorneys who have visited clients at the Orange, Osceola and Seminole county jails say inmates have been given masks that are poorly made or not designed for prolonged use. At Osceola’s jail, inmates were issued masks made from tube socks.Attorneys and advocates also say mask-wearing is loosely enforced at those jails by staff, some of whom flout the regulations themselves. Many...
Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns
Cairo (AFP) - In Egypt's overcrowded and putrid jails, families of prisoners fear a potentially catastrophic coronavirus outbreak and are calling for their imminent release as the rest of the country hunkers down.Egypt has halted family visits to inmates at least until the end of this month citing the "public health and safety of inmates".This has meant relatives cannot bring medicine, clean clothes and fresh food directly to those incarcerated.For Ekram Yousef, a well-known writer and mother of lawyer and former lawmaker Zyad al-Elaimy whose health is slowly failing, the anguish is palpable."...