Each one could have been prevented.  My many sources told me that guards, idiots that they are, removed their masks as soon as they got out of camera range.


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l of 13 prison inmates died while in custody of the Delaware Department of Correction over the past year after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

That’s why Sen. Marie Pinkney, D-New Castle, chairwoman of the Senate Corrections Committee, is working on moving a couple of House bills forward to help reward prisoners who survived despite being forced to live in crowded prison cells by giving them reduced time on their prison sentences.

Sen. Pinkney was one of the speakers at the ACLU of Delaware and Campaign for Smart Justice virtual vigil Thursday night that marked a “Year of Loss in Delaware’s Prisons.”

A year ago today, Joseph Russo passed away from COVID-19 complications, becoming the first Delawarean to die while in custody of the DOC. He was incarcerated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Facility near Smyrna at the time.

Since Russo’s death, 12 more Delawareans have lost their lives to COVID-19 while in DOC custody: Robert Francisco, James Waller, Jim Hunter, Jr., Richard Roth, Peter Schellinger, Joseph R. Slider, Jose Rivera, John W. Rosciolo, Jackie R. Lovett, Fred J. Clanton, Charles R.J. Patterson, and Michael Harris.

Javonne Rich, policy advocate for the ACLU of Delaware, said more than 2,700 correctional officers and inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past year. She said conditions inside the prison facilities are ripe for transmission of a virus.

She said that has been particularly true throughout the pandemic and is a strong advocate of House Bill 37 and House Bill 7, which have both passed the House Corrections Committee.

Devon Clark, a former inmate at the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington, said conditions for the prisoners have been deplorable throughout the pandemic with a revolving door of prisoners coming in and out of crowded prisons that makes it easier for inmates to catch the virus.

“They were shuffled into the prisons for no reason when all they had to do is contain and isolate. This is why you have so many people dying in these prison systems to COVID.”

Sen. Pinkney offered her condolences to the families of the 13 inmates who have died over the past year. “I’d like to offer up my forgiveness and my sorrow to those lives that have been lost to those families that have lost loved ones, and to let them know that there are people here in the General Assembly that are fighting to do everything we can to keep people safe,” she said.

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