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By Keaton Ross
Oklahoma Watch 

As Covid-19 spreads in state prisons, inmate families protest poor conditions


December 18, 2020

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Kalyn Doctorman (from left) Rhyssa Riley and Michael Washington demanded better prison conditions during a protest outside of the Department of Corrections Oklahoma City headquarters on Dec. 11.

An upset prison guard walked into Stephanie Avery's housing unit.

Avery, a former Mabel Bassett Correctional Center inmate, says the officer pulled her mask below the chin, approached a group of women and shouted "I don't care if you get sick."

Weeks later, Avery and 112 other women housed at the prison tested positive for Covid-19 in mid-August. Though her symptoms were mild, Avery says a few women on her pod had trouble breathing and were hospitalized.

The outbreak meant limited commissary access and weeks locked down. Inmates ate small portions of beans and bologna for most meals durin...

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