Advocates protest, demand better conditions for Oklahoma inmates in ‘COVID-19 hotspot’

VIDEO: Advocates protest outside of Oklahoma prison labeled "coronavirus hot spot"

MUSKOGEE COUNTY, Okla. — A group of advocates came together today to protest outside of the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma.

The prison has been a COVID-19 hotspot, with over 700 women testing positive for the virus and at least one death.

Advocates are calling on the governor and the board of corrections to make changes to help keep the women healthy and safe.

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They are demanding that the governor immediately declares a state of emergency and remove all women from Eddie Warrior to secure, quarantine-ready facilities, offer more PPE, and offer more soap and sanitizer for inmates and staff.

Advocates are also asking for the ability for family members to talk to inmates and receive individual wellness checks on them individually.

Advocates say the women’s lives inside the prison matter, and they don’t deserve to potentially die from a virus when they were not sentenced to death.