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Michigan inmates fear punitive responses to COVID-19 in state prisons

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Katie Raymond
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Michigan Radio
Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti is one of three prisons included in a new investigation by Bridge Magazine and Outlier Media into the state's response to COVID-19 in prisons.

In April and May, Michigan prisons saw a wave of COVID-19 infections among inmates. Things simmered down in midsummer, but have spiked again recently with a large outbreak at the Muskegon Correctional Facility.

Throughout the pandemic, prisoners have raised concerns about how the Michigan Department of Corrections is responding to COVID-19 in the state's prisons. 

Joey Horan is a reporter with Outlier Media. In an investigation for Bridge Magazine, he found that once the virus enters a facility, prison officials rely heavily on punitive measures to control its spread.

Horan spoke with Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about what he found. You can hear the full interview at the top of the page.

Read more from Bridge Magazine: "Care or punishment? Michigan prisoners placed in solitary as COVID surges" by Joey Horan

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Radio staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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