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Special: Prisoners Face Coronavirus

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Disease can spread quickly in prisons. In this special conversation from Uncuffed, the men of Solano Prison share their thoughts on the global coronavirus pandemic, and what it would mean if it came inside.

"I'm forced to be in there with the men. So if one infestation comes in from one source... everybody's gonna get it because they're gonna shut the door and now I'm forced to have to breathe all the air in there."

Credit Steve Drown
Uncuffed producers Joe Kirk, b.f. Thames, Spoon Jackson, Bryan Mazza, and Damon Cooke last September.

This conversation with the Uncuffed producers at Solano was recorded on Friday, March 13.

Find the latest information on how California state prisons are responding to the coronavirus on their COVID-19 preparedness page. That page also includes a count of confirmed cases among staff and incarcerated people. 
Hear more stories like this by subscribing to Uncuffed in podcast players: WeAreUncuffed.org

KALW’s radio training program in California prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.

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Write to the Uncuffed producers at Solano State Prison:

Level 3 Education / Media Lab
P.O. Box 4000
Vacaville, CA

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