Arkansas State Prisons

Courtesy / BRUCE JACKSON

In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

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In a three-part series supported by the National Geographic Society's COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, multimedia reporter Anna Stitt takes an extensive look at the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had in Arkansas prisons. In the last three months, nearly 1,200 inmates in four state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 134 staff working at eight state prisons have also tested positive.

Courtesy / ACLU Arkansas

A significant number of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas have been documented inside Cummins State Prison, south of Pine Bluff. In response, this week a coalition of civil rights groups, including ACLU Arkansas with assistance from prison rights advocacy group decARcerate, filed an emergency complaint on behalf of the prisoners.