New Jersey officials have been criticized for a delayed and inadequate response to the virus’s spread inside state prisons.
As of May 4, out of more than 18,000 prisoners, just 245 people had been tested. Thirty-five prisoners have died and 184 have tested positive.
New Jersey prisoners have a higher death rate from COVID-19 than the federal prison system or any other state prison system.
“They are not testing inmates unless they are symptomatic to the point where they need hospitalization. You have to be in pretty bad shape for the inmates to be tested.”