As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the U.S. and in overlooked communities, new data shows nearly 100,000 prisoners across the country have contracted the virus in cramped, unsanitary conditions.
According to data compiled by nonprofit journalism organization The Marshall Project, at least 95,398 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among prisoners in both federal and state prison systems. While over half of reported cases have recovered, 847 prisoners have officially died from the virus.
Prison staff are also exposed to the coronavirus, with over 21,000 staff members across the country contracting COVID-19 as of August 13. So far, there have been 65 reported deaths of staff members from the virus.
Prisons across the country are testing prisoners and staff in very different ways, making it hard for organizations to accurately track how quickly the virus is spreading. While some states are reporting hundreds or thousands of cases within their prison systems, other states have reported few cases and waited until as late as June to offer testing to all inmates.
The raw data collected by The Marshall Project can be found here.