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Prison visitation ban extended to mid-July

The department first imposed the visitation ban in March to try to prevent the spread of the virus.

With the number of inmate cases of COVID-19 nearing 2,000, the Florida Department of Corrections on Monday extended a ban on prison visitors through July 15.

The department first imposed the visitation ban in March to try to prevent the spread of the virus.

It had been extended through June 28. In a news release Monday, the department said the “decision to reinstate the normal visitation schedule will be evaluated in consultation with public health experts. Inmates will continue to have access to their loved ones through mail, phone calls and video visitation.”

As of Monday, 1,963 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19, and 24 inmates had died because of the virus.

Also, 438 corrections workers had been infected, according to department numbers.

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Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

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  1. Nic Whitehead

    June 30, 2020 at 2:59 am

    The true crime at Florida’s prisons is that DOC has not released all those inmates who are not a dangers to anyone and have not harmed anyone. These folk should have never been sent to prison in the first place, but we have let immoral people run this state and especially our criminal “justice” system in Florida for far too long. One day those responsible for these deaths, every single person who had a part in caging them will be held to account, either by the people of Florida or by god.

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