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COVID-19 kindles festering problems in Kansas prisons


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lansing inmate Michael Yardley's sense of taste and smell has faded, a tell-tale sign of the coronavirus that's infected 551 of his fellow prisoners and killed three.

"I feel like I'm in a tomb," the 42-year-old said during a phone call Tuesday.

Kansas prisons have been under stress from years of understaffing, rising inmate populations and riots. Talk of overhauling the state's criminal justice system and releasing large numbers of low-level offenders remains just that.

In a few short weeks, COVID-19 has only kindled those long-term problems, overwhelming Lansing Co...

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