Prisoners call for testing as COVID-19 spreads through Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Louisiana facilities

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This peaceful façade hides a death camp, the first BOP prison to report a coronavirus death. “A federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, has stopped testing prisoners who are symptomatic for the coronavirus due to ‘sustained transmission’ at the facility,” reports “The announcement underscores concerns expressed in recent days by guards and inmates that the facility has become overrun with the virus.” The Washington Post headlined its story “An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana.” by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee The White House is deliberately ignoring the deadly impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where 175,000 prisoners are housed. In this incarceration nation, with by far the most prisoners in the world, more people are in federal prison than in any state prison system. On the morning of March 29, I interviewed a registered nurse who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and asked to remain anonymous. The nurse reported to me that eight people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale, the “sister facility” to USP Pollock, where I am housed.& Of the eight cases at FCI Oakdale, six are...