Visitors Banned from U.S. Federal, State Prisons Due to Coronavirus - MedicineNet Health News

MONDAY, March 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Visitors and volunteers have been banned from the United States' 122 federal prisons and many of the 1,700 state prisons in an attempt to prevent coronavirus outbreaks among inmates and staff.

The ban was announced Friday by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, matching actions taken by most states and some counties in their own prisons and jails, CNN reported.

Federal prisons have also generally banned lawyer visits for 30 days, a measure not taken by most state facilities. However, federal prisons will allow confidential legal calls and lawyers can request exceptions.

The coronavirus could spread rapidly inside prisons, as seen in 2019 mumps outbreaks in Texas and New Jersey jails, CNN reported.

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