Reform, Ala. – Many Alabama prisons and bail bond companies in Reform, AL are ill-prepared to manage and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Alabama Department of Corrections is working with Governor's COVID-19 task force on a plan for containing coronavirus in the state’s prison system. The worst-case scenario that the National Guard will have to work in the prisons if the virus begins to rapidly affect the prison system. The document for the plans states the physical designs of the Alabama prisons, tagged with major overcrowding and overstaffing can be combined to make it nearly impossible to follow the protocols associated with prisons and inmates.
If the worst-case scenario occurs, this could result in a major wide-spread infection, military interventions, and possibly around 200 inmate deaths. The plan states that the department believes it may need to spend more than 2 million dollars on the supplies to respond to this pandemic, this including personal protective equipment, body bags for the deceased as well as the medications necessary for the pandemic.
Inmates, as well as their families, attorneys, corrections officers, as well as others, have been questioning the department about the coronavirus and what impacts it may have on the prison system in Alabama. DOC Commissioner, Jefferson Dunn, stated "The number one thing in my mind is safety, is trying our best to prevent the virus from getting into the facilities, and then mitigating the impact," he said.”
The DOC has provided little information about how the crisis can be managed, and the document was signed nearly a month after the Governor had stated a state of emergency. None of the prisoners thus far have been confirmed positive with the Coronavirus, but only 17 prisoners have been tested as of Tuesday, May 12. Twelve of those came back negative and the other five are still pending.
For more information on Alabama prison systems and the COVID-19 plan, as well as how bail bond agents in Reform, AL are handling this pandemic, make sure to contact Alabama Bail Bonds today at www.alabailbonds.com or (205) 828-0145.
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