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Governor Raimondo: Enough has been done to reduce prison population during pandemic

“I want to thank the director at the Department of Corrections and all the correctional officers and the inmates for their cooperation.” “With two Correctional Officers now testing positive for COVID-19 and 71 inmates now scheduled for potential release, is enough being done to reduce the prison population during this pandemic?” UpriseRI asked Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo during Friday’s
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Published on April 3, 2020
By Steve Ahlquist

I want to thank the director at the Department of Corrections and all the correctional officers and the inmates for their cooperation.”


“With two Correctional Officers now testing positive for COVID-19 and 71 inmates now scheduled for potential release, is enough being done to reduce the prison population during this pandemic?” UpriseRI asked Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo during Friday’s press conference.

“I think the answer is yes,” replied Governor Raimondo. “Obviously I look at data every day and we change our response every day, but at this point, I want to thank the director at the Department of Corrections and all the correctional officers and the inmates for their cooperation. We have an excellent system in place. We’ve released dozens of people, which gives us the opportunity to have better social distancing, [and] we’ve increased our cleaning. So I would say yes, but like everything, we’ll continue to monitor it.”

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