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As COVID-19 Stalks Florida Inmates, So Does Another Killer

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At Tomoka Correctional Institution (pictured) near Daytona and other facilities, inmate would seek work outside the compound to escape from the brutal heat. The coronavirus has limited those opportunities.

“They are dying in the heat,” said the distraught mother of an inmate at Dade Correctional Institution in Miami. “What have we done to deserve this. … How is it possible, knowing how hot it is here?”

“We have gone an entire week without a set of showers ⁠— two were turned off last week because one of them wouldn’t turn off, so they just turned the water off and have not been back to fix it,” wrote an inmate at Avon Park Correctional Institution, a prison in Highlands County, in an email shared with the Miami Herald.

“Plus the water temp is too hot to stand under and they won’t turn it down.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.