By CARY ASPINWALL, KERI BLAKINGER and JOSEPH NEFF
The Marshall Project
Prisoners have made furniture, license plates and government uniforms during the pandemic. In a factory, social distancing is almost impossible. At some factories still operating, workers did not get paper face masks until this Monday.
Prisons are uniquely closed and inaccessible parts of our government. When you combine that secrecy, lack of oversight and lack of transparency with an unpopular, politically powerless and literally captive population, it’s a recipe for bad outcomes
New Bureau of Prisons policies will make it harder and more expensive for federal inmates to receive books through the mail. In addition, another new policy will limit inmate access to people outside through the prison email system.