COVID-19 in custody: Alabama ranks 9th for inmate deaths

COVID-19 in custody: Alabama ranks 9th for inmate deaths
Alabama ranks ninth in the country for the number of COVID-19 deaths per 10,000 inmates. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama ranks ninth in the country for the number of COVID-19 deaths per 10,000 inmates.

Advocates say crowded conditions and an aging prison population have merged with lethal results.

Thirty-four people, 32 inmates and two staff members, have died from COVID-19.

Numbers compiled by The Associated Press and the Marshall Project say that ranks the state ninth in the country for the number of COVID-19 deaths per 10,000 inmates.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said it is going to great lengths to protect inmates and quickly identify and quarantine positive cases.

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