Despite harsh lockdowns, nearly half of women in massachusetts prisons caught the corona virus

Details of high security prison on winter day

By Shabnam Danesh |

n April, as coronavirus swept through MCI Framingham, Massachusetts’ sole women’s prison, Kimya Foust said she and a group of other incarcerated women who had been exposed were moved into a large, shared quarantine unit.

“This place did not take the proper precautions to stop spreading this disease when it started,” she wrote. “I am quarantined in a giant room because my cellmate has tested positive for the coronavirus two days ago. So I am still at risk of catching this vicious disease.” She complained of mouse droppings and lack of hot water in the makeshift quarantine unit.

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