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Stateside: Counties strained by COVID-19 costs; Detroit’s resiliency; pandemic hits MI prisons

A chain link fence open to show two people walking away
John McGuire
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A shot from inside Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, where more than half of the inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today on Stateside, Michigan's counties are playing a critical role in the public health response to COVID-19, but the costs of the outbreak are straining already tight county budgets. Plus, we’ll hear from a man serving time at a state correctional facility in Coldwater about what it’s like to watch the outbreak unfold from inside the prison's walls.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Michigan counties seek financial stability amid COVID-19 crisis

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Stateside’s conversation with Eileen Kowall

  • Eileen Kowall is an Oakland County Commissioner and former state legislator.

Detroit poet Jessica Care Moore on the city’s resilience through COVID

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Stateside’s conversation with Jessica Care Moore

  • Jessica Care Moore is a poet, playwright, artist and producer.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in state prisons climbs, one inmate shares what life is like inside

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Stateside’s conversation with Efren Paredes Jr.

  • Efren Paredes Jr. is an inmate at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater.
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