Family members call on state to protect inmates during pandemic

Demonstrators gather for an inmate rights rally outside of the Utah Department of Corrections in Draper on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. During the rally, participants planted green flags in the lawn for all the incarcerated individuals that have tested positive with COVID-19.

Yukai Peng, Deseret News

People gather for an inmate rights rally outside of the Utah Department of Corrections in Draper on Sunday. During the rally, family members and loved ones planted green flags in the lawn for all the incarcerated individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and black flags for those who have died. According to organizers, the group is asking the department to implement sterile, sanitized and effective humane quarantines; provide prompt medical care to infected individuals; make sure staff wear personal protective equipment at all times; and expand early releases and alternatives to incarceration for inmates who do not pose a risk to the public. As of Friday, more than 1,100 prisoners — roughly a quarter of the population at the department’s Draper and Gunnison sites — have tested positive for the virus, the department told the Deseret News. Seven men ranging in age from 50 to 82 years old have died after testing positive for COVID-19, and dozens more are hospitalized.

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