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More than 700 inmates in state prisons have now tested positive for COVID-19, and five have died. Meanwhile, the ACLU of Virginia is investigating the mysterious transfer of at least half a dozen men from the Dillwyn Correctional Center after protests erupted there.  The low security prison reports more than 200 cases of COVID-19 in staff and inmates.

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Virginia prisons release about a thousand people each month, and with the arrival of COVID-19 the state is hoping to free even more, but some who have won parole are unable to leave.

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The number of COVID cases in Virginia prisons has been rising steadily, with 200 inmates and guards now infected and a 49-year-old prisoner dead.  Public health experts say jails and prisons are petri dishes for the virus, and some states have freed thousands of prisoners, but Virginia is moving slowly on that front.


At least 300 people in Virginia have died from complications related to COVID-19, according to data updated Monday morning by the Virginia Department of Health.

Three inmates at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women have tested positive for the novel coronavirus along with a contractor at the prison in Goochland.

A guard at the Indian Creek Correctional Center also has the disease and prisoners around the state are worried.