When James Giannetta first phoned his brother Russ in late June to tell him that the coronavirus was starting to spread in his Texas federal prison, Russ could hear fear in his voice he. “This place is exploding,” James warned.
Russ quickly got another call: James, a 65-year-old inmate with diabetes and HIV, tested positive for the virus himself. Within a few days, he was taken to the hospital when the amount of oxygen in his blood plummeted. A few weeks later, after his condition deteriorated and was placed on a ventilator, he died.
As the coronavirus has spread rapidly through prisons and prisons across the country in recent months, the Texas prison where Giannetta spent her final days has become the most heavily affected federal prison. in the United States.
More than 1,300 of the approximately 1,750 inmates at FCI Seagoville prison and prison tested positive for the virus, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons – three out of every four inmates stun.
To date, three inmates at the prison, including Giannetta, have died of Covid-19.
Five Seagoville inmates told CNN in phone interviews behind bars that they feared for their lives when the virus had spread through prisons in the Dallas area, and overcrowded conditions prevented them from living far away. social way.
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