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Missouri Mass Tests Prisons For Coronavirus

View of the holding cell in Dallas County jail in Buffalo, Missouri. (Jeff Haynes/AFP via Getty Images)
View of the holding cell in Dallas County jail in Buffalo, Missouri. (Jeff Haynes/AFP via Getty Images)

Missouri recently completed coronavirus testing for all of the more than 32,000 people incarcerated or working in its state prisons.

The results of mass testing revealed a 50% spike in previously undiagnosed cases among the prison population. But it also showed that the rate of COVID-19 among inmates in Missouri Department of Corrections facilities is lower than the rate for the state’s population as a whole.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe, who also is the new president of the national Correctional Leaders Association.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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