Indiana State Prison offenders make masks, deep clean amid pandemic

(Photo Supplied/Indiana State Prison)

The Indiana State Prison is taking several precautions to avoid the spread of coronavirus at the facility.

In a release sent Tuesday, the prison detailed the many protocols in place to protect the well-being of both employees and offenders.

Currently, all staff must:

  • Wear a face mask;
  • Practice social distancing;
  • Pass a symptom screening questionnaire;
  • Pass a temperature check.

There are also signs at the front entrance reminding staff, “If sick, stay home,” and signs throughout the facility reminding everyone to wash their hands, cough into their elbows and maintain 6-foot social distancing.

In an effort to help, offenders have been making masks for both staff and offenders to wear. Currently, masks have been distributed to every staff member and offender on grounds. In a few short weeks, offender seamstresses have made more than 4,000 masks.

The prison has also established sanitation crews, which have pressure washed all of the housing units with bleach water, scrubbed all common areas and continue to disinfect daily.

Daily temperature and symptom screenings are being conducted on quarantined housing units, as well as on offenders who are over 65 years of age. A designated isolation area has been set up for offenders who are symptomatic.



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