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This spreadsheet last updated by the Prison Policy Initiative on April 21, 2020.
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For more information on what the criminal justice system Is doing -- or should be doing -- see https://www.prisonpolicy.org/virus/virusresponse.html
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If you are a Department of Corrections official and know of a public statement that we missed, please contact Tiana Herring at therring@prisonpolicy.org.Issues addressed by state DOC COVID-19 response pages and/or press releases and updates
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StateDoes the DOC have one dedicated webpage for COVID-19 updates?Key links (COVID-19 pages and press releases)If no dedicated COVID-19 page, link to press release page or where info is storedCOVID-19 tracker for in-custody populationsNotes on webpage and accessAll visitation suspendedOnly legal visitation permittedChanges in telephone call policies and costsChanges in video call policies and costsAdditional changes in communication cost Increased access to hygiene productsScreening employees for COVID-19Screening new admissions to prison for COVID-19Suspended TransfersMandatory isolation for new admissions to prisonsSuspension of medical copaysExpedited paroleReducing number of staff working in-personSystem-wide quarantine of all people incarcerated in state prisonsLockdown in facilities with positive COVID-19 casesPlan to isolate individuals who are high risk for complications from COVID-19 and/or plan to isolate individuals with suspected COVID-19
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AlabamaYhttp://www.doc.state.al.us/covid19news http://www.doc.state.al.us/COVID19Testingx x (1 free 15 min call/wk)xxxxxxThe ADOC has established quarantine/isolation areas for incarcerated people who exhibit symptoms of and are being tested for COVID-19 at each of its facilities.
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AlaskaYhttps://doc.alaska.gov/covid-19https://doc.alaska.gov/covid-19x x (2 free 15 min calls/wk)xxxx
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ArizonaYhttps://corrections.az.gov/covid-19-management-updateshttps://corrections.az.gov/adcrr-covid-19-dashboardxx (2 free 15 min calls/wk)xxxxADCRR continues to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population
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ArkansasYhttps://adc.arkansas.gov/facilities/facilities5.htmlhttps://adc.arkansas.gov/facilities/facilities5.htmlxx (15 cents/min, no connect fee)x ($2.50 for 30 min in prison, 10 cents/min in comm corrections centers)x
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CaliforniaYhttps://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/population-status-tracking/xx (3 full days of free calls/wk)x (reduced price and free emails)xxxxxxx
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ColoradoYhttps://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdoc/covid-19-faq-and-updatesxx (1 free 10 min call/wk)xx (3 free photo postcards)xxxxxxx x
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ConnecticutYhttps://portal.ct.gov/DOC/Common-Elements/Common-Elements/Health-Information-and-Advisorieshttps://portal.ct.gov/DOC/Common-Elements/Common-Elements/Health-Information-and-Advisoriesxx (2 free calls/wk)xxxxxAll offenders who are positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to an isolation unit at the Northern Correctional Institution
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DelawareYhttps://doc.delaware.gov/views/covid19.blade.shtmlhttps://doc.delaware.gov/views/covid19.blade.shtmlxx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)xxxxIndividuals who are high risk for complications are being provided with face masks; those with symptoms are isolated.
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FloridaYhttp://www.dc.state.fl.us/comm/covid-19.htmlhttp://www.dc.state.fl.us/comm/covid-19.htmlx x (2 free 15 min calls/wk)x (1 free video call)x (4 free JPay stamps/wk; outbound video gram cost reduced from 4 stamps to 2 stamps)xxxxxxxIsolation and quarantine measures are taken in accordance with FDC’s infectious disease protocols, CDC and DOH recommendations.
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GeorgiaNResponse Page:
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/content/res
Relevant Press Releases:
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/georgia-department-corrections-coronavirus-covid-19-response
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/georgia-department-corrections-coronavirus-covid-19
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/georgia-department-corrections-coronavirus-covid-19-update
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/georgia-department-corrections-covid-19-response
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/georgia-department-corrections-covid-19
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/georgia-department-corrections-coronavirus-covid-19-update-0
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/georgia-department-corrections-covid-19-update
http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/NewsRoom/PressReleases/PressReleaseshttp://www.dcor.state.ga.us/content/casesThere is a page outlining their plan to stop the spread. However, their updates are on a separate site.xx (1 free 15 min call/wk)x (2 free JPay stamps/wk)xxxxxxIndividuals who test positive will be placed in the designated medical housing unit and will remain quarantined for 14 days.
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HawaiiYhttps://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/https://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/xx (unlimited 15 min prepaid calls, 2 free 5 min calls/wk) x (in locations with sustained COVID-19 community transmission)xxIf someone is suspected to have COVID-19, place them in a separate room, preferably with a toilet and sink. If medical isolation is not feasible, attempt to place beds 6 feet apart and provide sick individuals with masks.
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IdahoYhttps://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/careers/covid-19https://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/careers/covid-19xx (2 free 15 min calls/week)xxxIf someone has flu-like symptoms, they will be isolated for testing and the unit where the patient was housed or worked prior to isolation will be quarantined until either a negative test is confirmed or for 14 days if the test is positive. If those who are quarantined become sick, the 14 days starts over.
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IllinoisYhttps://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/Covid19Response.aspxhttps://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/Covid19Response.aspxxx (DOC giving $ for two 20min calls)x (DOC giving $ for 1, 15min vid; GTL giving 1 free 15 min call/wk)xxxxx
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IndianaYhttps://www.in.gov/idoc/3755.htmxx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)xxxSeparation of ill offenders; Implementing social distancing when a few offenders are ill; Isolation housing units when a substantial number of offenders are ill
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IowaYhttps://doc.iowa.gov/COVID19https://doc.iowa.gov/COVID19xx (1 free 5 min call/wk)x (pilot of video visits)x (4 free e-mails/wk)xxxxxxhttps://doc.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/io-se-26_epidemic_and_pandemic_action_plan.pdf
page 8-11 outlines three phase plan
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KansasYhttps://www.doc.ks.gov/kdoc-coronavirus-updateshttps://www.doc.ks.gov/kdoc-coronavirus-updates/kdoc-covid-19-statusxx (2 free 15 min calls/week)x (3 free 30 min calls/wk)xxxxx"Those that test positive will be isolated from those that are healthy."
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KentuckyNhttps://governor.ky.gov/covid19The DOC does not disseminate information about COVID-19 protocols. All information comes from the Governor's office. x (website does not specify whether legal visitations are still allowed)Commuting sentences for medically vulnerable people
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LouisianaYhttps://doc.louisiana.gov/covid-19-information/https://doc.louisiana.gov/doc-covid-19-testing/xx (2 free 15 min calls/wk)x (starting 4/27, video visitation costs will be reduced to $2.50 per 10 min call)x (2 free email stamps/wk)xxxxxEach state prison has identified areas to quarantine DOC's incarcerated population; "reverse isolation" for elderly and high-risk populations meaning they have designated separate hosing and feeding locations
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MaineNRelevant Press Releases:
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/home/MDOC%20COVID19%20Web%20Dashboard%20(4.6.2020).pdf
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/home/Press%20Release.%20DOC%20response%20to%20GOV%20EO%20(003).pdf
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/home/Response%20from.%20Randall%20Liberty.pdf
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/home/Press%20Release.%20DOC.%20COVID.19%20(002).pdf
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/home/MDOC%20COVID19%20Web%20Dashboard%20(4.1.2020).pdf
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/home/3.31.20%20Statement%20from%20Commissioner%20Liberty.pdf
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/home/3.27.20%20Statement%20from%20Commisioner%20Liberty.pdf
https://www.maine.gov/corrections/New updates provided in the Daily COVID-19 DashboardOn the MDOC homepage, they are releasing a daily update (Daily COVID-19 Dashboard)xx (20 free min for phone calls)x (1 free 20 min call/mo)x (2 free postage stamps; 20 free text messages)xx
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MarylandNRelevant Press Releases:
https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/#FAQ
https://news.maryland.gov/dpscs/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/03/VISITS-CANCELLED-31220.pdf
https://news.maryland.gov/dpscs/The DPSCC has not disseminated much information about department specific COVID-19 protocols.xx x
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MassachusettsNRelevant Press Releases:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-qa/download
https://www.mass.gov/doc/temporary-suspension-of-visits-at-doc-facilities/download
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-correctionxxx
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MichiganYhttps://medium.com/@MichiganDOC/mdoc-takes-steps-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-covid-19-250f43144337https://medium.com/@MichiganDOC/mdoc-takes-steps-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-covid-19-250f43144337xx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)x (2 free stamps/wk)xxxx"Michigan State Industries has been producing masks for prisoners and correctional facility staff to wear. Facilities that had positive cases received masks first, and as production has increased, masks and protective gowns are being sent to all facilities for staff and prisoners. In the meantime, facility staff are permitted to bring their own PPE, such as masks, gloves and gowns."
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MinnesotaYhttps://mn.gov/doc/about/covid-19-updates/https://mn.gov/doc/about/covid-19-updates/xx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)x (1 free 15 min call/wk, can purchase extra vid calls at discounted rate of $3.50)xxxx"Areas of isolation and quarantine are identified in each of our facilities should they be needed. " identifying medically high-risk inmates and reorganizing living situations to better protect health; exploring possibilities to reorganize some living situations to spread people out and minimize risk, especially for those who are medically more at risk.
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MississippiNRelevant Press Releases:
https://www.mdoc.ms.gov/News/PressReleases/MDOC%20Adjusts%20COVID-19%20Prevention%20Response%20for%20Community%20Supervision.pdf
https://www.mdoc.ms.gov/Documents/COVID-19%20Questions%20and%20Answers.pdf
https://www.mdoc.ms.gov/News/PressReleases/State%20Phone%20Provider%20Offering%20Free%20Calls%20to%20Inmates.pdf
https://www.mdoc.ms.gov/News/PressReleases/Inmate%20Transfers%20Suspended%20in%20Response%20to%20Coronavirus.pdf
https://www.mdoc.ms.gov/News/PressReleases/MDOC%20Takes%20Preventative%20Steps%20Against%20Coronavirus%20Exposure.pdf
https://www.mdoc.ms.gov/News/Pages/Press-Releases.aspxxx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)xxxxImmediate quarantine and treatment at facility infirmaries, designated areaas, or outside hosiptals as necessary.
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MissouriYhttps://doc.mo.gov/media-center/newsroom/covid-19xx (2 free 10 min calls/wk)x (1 free email thru JPay/wk, in addition to the 4 free monthly emails already provided)xxxx"Isolation cells, wings and units identified for use, if needed, at every prison"
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MontanaYhttps://cor.mt.gov/COVID-19https://cor.mt.gov/COVID-19xx (1 free call/wk)x (1 free call/wk)xxxxx (only for individuals coming from out of state)x"Each site has pandemic plans to address COVID-19, including the protocols and isolation procedures if someone is exposed and/or becomes infected"
only critical movement is allowed outside of cells (meals, showers) in facilities with confirmed cases
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NebraskaYhttps://corrections.nebraska.gov/ndcs-coronavirus-health-updatexx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)xx
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NevadaYhttp://doc.nv.gov/About/Press_Release/covid19_updates/xx (2 free calls/wk)x (discounted rate for sending secure instant messages)xx"If an offender is suspected of having an illness, or if they self-report feeling ill, NDOC medical staff immediately assess the offender and place them in that facility’s infirmary or medically observes them in their cell. Medical staff utilize the appropriate test kits, some of which are provided by the State of Nevada, which are then tested by the State Epidemiologist, to determine a diagnosis and treatment. NDOC also alerts Culinary so meals are delivered to the offender while they’re in the infirmary or their cell."
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New HampshireYhttps://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/covid/index.htmlxx (2 free 5 min calls/wk; free calls to attorneys)xxx
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New JerseyYhttps://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pages/COVID19Updates.shtmlhttps://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pages/COVID19Updates.shtmlxxx (free stamps)xxxxxx x"Individuals who demonstrate symptoms will be provided with personal protective equipment, as medically directed, and either quarantined, medically isolated, or transferred to a hospital, as prescribed. Furthermore, individuals have been instructed to report ailments to medical staff and alert our staff of any urgent medical needs."
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New MexicoYhttps://cd.nm.gov/covid-19-updates/xx (1 free call/wk)x (provided with additional materials to communicate via mail)xxx
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New YorkYhttps://doccs.ny.gov/doccs-covid-19-reporthttps://doccs.ny.gov/doccs-covid-19-reportxx (3 free 30 min calls/wk)x (5 free stamps/wk; 2 free msgs/wk via table; every secure message sent on a Wednesday will be accompanied with a free prepaid stamp that will allow the the prisoner to reply to the sender)xxxx
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North CarolinaYhttps://www.ncdps.gov/our-organization/emergency-management/past-disasters/dps-actions-covid-19 (for all NCDPS subdivisions)
https://www.ncdps.gov/our-organization/adult-correction/prisons/prisons-actionsinfo-covid-19 (for prison specific information)
https://www.ncdps.gov/our-organization/adult-correction/prisons/prisons-actionsinfo-covid-19xx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)x (prepaid post cards available for those w/o phone privileges) xxxxx
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North DakotaYhttps://www.docr.nd.gov/covid-19-informationhttps://www.docr.nd.gov/covid-19-informationxx (2 free 15 min calls/wk)x (1 free vid call/month)xxxx"The State Correctional Health Authority has determined the ND DOCR needs separate areas at each facility for testing, quarantine, individual isolation, and group isolation."
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OhioYhttps://www.drc.ohio.gov/Family/COVID-19-UPDATEShttps://www.drc.ohio.gov/Family/COVID-19-UPDATES
"Click here to view COVID-19 Updates" link at the top leads to a regularly updated PDF
xx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)x (1 free 15 min call/wk, can purchase extra vid calls at discounted rate of $3.50)x (8 free emails through JPay/mo)xxx"Offenders that test positive will be kept away from those that are healthy."
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OklahomaYhttp://doc.publishpath.com/covid-19?__m=1http://doc.publishpath.com/websites/doc/images/covid-19/covid-19%20stats%20report.pdfxx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)xxxxx
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OregonYhttps://www.oregon.gov/doc/covid19/Pages/default.aspxhttps://www.oregon.gov/doc/covid19/Pages/covid19-tracking.aspxxx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)x"house vulnerable AICs (adults in custody) together," isolating patients within the institution; the rest of the plan is confidential according to their FAQ page
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PennsylvaniaYhttps://www.cor.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19.aspxhttps://www.cor.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19.aspxxx (5 free 15 min calls/wk)x (1 free 45 min call/wk)x (5 free emails/wk and can mail 12 one-ounce letters per month for free)xxxxxxx"Every SCI has plans in place for quarantine if an inmate tests positive
...All SCIs will identify vulnerable population to keep them isolated."
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Rhode IslandNhttps://www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDOC/https://www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDOC/Their website is under construction so Facebook was listed as the best way to get regular COVID-19 updates.xx (2 free calls/wk)xx
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South CarolinaNRelevant Press Releases:
http://www.doc.sc.gov/scdc_covid-19_action_plan_031620.pdf
http://www.doc.sc.gov/covid-19_faq.pdf
http://www.doc.sc.gov/scdc_covid_news_update_032720.pdf
http://www.doc.sc.gov/scdc_covid_news_update_032820.pdf
http://www.doc.sc.gov/scdc_covid_news_update_032920.pdf
http://www.doc.sc.gov/scdc_covid_news_update_033120.pdf
http://www.doc.sc.gov/scdc_covid_news_update_040720.pdf
http://www.doc.sc.gov/http://www.doc.sc.gov/covid.htmlxx (2 free 5-min calls/wk)xxxx
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South DakotaNRelevant Press Release:
https://doc.sd.gov/documents/CoronavirusInformation412020.pdf
https://doc.sd.gov/documents/CoronavirusInformation432020.pdf
https://doc.sd.gov/documents/CoronavirusInformation492020.pdf
https://doc.sd.gov/SDSC is uploading a new PDF almost daily on their website in the Newsroom section of the homepagexx (2 free 5 min calls//wk)x (1 free call/wk)xxx
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TennesseeNRelevant Press Releases:
https://www.tn.gov/correction/news/2020/3/12/tdoc-visitation-suspended-until-further-notice.html
https://www.tn.gov/correction/news/2020/4/4/tdoc-takes-covid-19-actions-after-an-extended-hospital-visit.html
https://www.tn.gov/correction/frequently-asked-questions-regarding-covid-19.html
https://www.tn.gov/correction/news.htmlxx (2 free 5 min calls//wk)xxx
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TexasYhttps://www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/index.htmlhttps://www.tdcj.texas.gov/covid-19/offender_mac.htmlxx (2 free 15 min calls/wk)xxxx
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UtahYhttps://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1237-udc-coronavirus-updateshttps://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1237-udc-coronavirus-updatesxx (10 free 15 min calls/wk)xxxxx"We are proactively working to prevent an outbreak while also preparing for a potential outbreak of the Coronavirus within our facilities. Some of these measures include... identifying areas for isolation and quarantine for those exposed"
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VermontYhttps://doc.vermont.gov/covid-19-information-pagehttps://doc.vermont.gov/covid-19-information-pagexx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)x (1 free video call)xxxxxx (modified lockdown in all facilities)x
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VirginiaYhttps://vadoc.virginia.gov/news-press-releases/2020/covid-19-updates/https://vadoc.virginia.gov/news-press-releases/2020/covid-19-updates/xx (2 free calls/wk)x (2 free JPay stamps/wk)xxx (modified lockdown in all facilities)"Offenders in dormitory housing have been instructed to sleep head to toe, thereby increasing the breathable space between offenders. Additionally, it has been recommended to offenders that they maintain a six foot distance whenever possible and not sit on anyone else’s bed."
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WashingtonYhttps://www.doc.wa.gov/news/covid-19.htmhttps://www.doc.wa.gov/news/covid-19.htm#statusxx (2 free 5 min calls/wk)x (1 free video call)x (2 free JPay stamps/wk; reduced cost for inbound VideoGrams)xxxx
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West VirginiaYhttps://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Correctional-Facilities.aspxxx (weekly allotment of free calls)x (weekly allotment of free calls)xxxx
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WisconsinYhttps://doc.wi.gov/Pages/COVID19%28Coronavirus%29/COVID19.aspxhttps://doc.wi.gov/Pages/COVID19%28Coronavirus%29/COVID19.aspxxx (2 free 15 min calls/wk)xxxxx (particularly for those who are elderly or have extraordinary health conditions)"Each site has pandemic plans to address COVID-19, including the protocols and isolation procedures if someone is exposed and/or becomes infected"only critical movement is allowed outside of cells (meals, showers) in facilities with confirmed cases
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WyomingNhttp://corrections.wyo.gov/homeAll information is listed on their homepage. The most recent update is from March 18. xx
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