At least five inmates who have been in the Dallas County jail have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown said the first inmate to test positive was a male inmate in his 40s who had been there since December. He was housed in a shared unit with about 50 other inmates. Those inmates have since been screened and at least four also tested positive for COVID-19.
… “I have loved ones who have loved ones in that jail,” said Tiara Cooper, [Live Free Texas organizer with Faith in Texas and] a former inmate. “So for me, it’s a mixture of confusion and lack of transparency.”
Inmate advocacy groups said they want the sheriff’s department to let the public know how often the jail is being cleaned. They want inmates to have more access to cleaning products and laundry facilities. And they said Dallas County should follow the lead of other states that have released some low-level and especially vulnerable inmates.
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