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Incarcerated Person In Washington Speaks Out On COVID-19 Conditions, Early Vaccine Consideration

The Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth, Texas, had a COVID-19 outbreak in May of 2020 that impacted hundreds of inmates. (LM Otero/AP)
The Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth, Texas, had a COVID-19 outbreak in May of 2020 that impacted hundreds of inmates. (LM Otero/AP)

Overcrowded prisons are hotspots for COVID-19 outbreaks, and many incarcerated people have died since the start of the pandemic. Christopher Blackwell is incarcerated at Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington state, where he’s been on extended lockdown after a severe outbreak affected most of his floor.

Host Peter O’Dowd speaks with Blackwell about the conditions he has observed and his call for prisoners to get the vaccine early.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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