August 4, 2020 at 7:30 am EDT
Fragile inmates could be sent home to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. Instead, some die in federal prisons.
Andre Williams Jr. set out one day in April to pick up his father from federal prison. He had a 13-hour drive from Baton Rouge to Butner, NC, where his father, a 78-year-old serial bank robber with severe coronary disease, had been approved for compassionate release.
Williams Jr. drove when his mother called. He could turn around. His father was dead ̵
1; a victim of the novel corona virus. “I think it could have been avoided,” said Williams Jr. of his father’s death. “You put him in an unhealthy environment.”
Since the corona virus has spread to federal prisons, Williams Sr. is not the only person who dies and waits to know when or if he will be released. The Bureau of Prisons said 25 people died in custody this year while their requests for a reduction in sentence were being examined.
By Justin Wm. Moyer and Neena Satija