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Footage emerges of an American prisoner dying in his cell from COVID-19

Footage emerges of an American prisoner dying in his cell from COVID-19

Author: Rafi Benady | Tuesday 7th April 2020

Footage emerges of an American prisoner dying in his cell from COVID-19 Photograph

In a video circulating twitter, the man recording gives us a first-hand account of what life’s like behind bars in the USA right now.

As he films, he turns the camera to his cell-mate who is gasping for air as he slowly dies from the Coronavirus. The man filming is heard saying “This motherf**ker literally in this b**ch dying bro… I don’t know what to do.”

He also shows us a tent that has been erected in the prison yard, acting as a makeshift morgue.

It is possible for authorities to send prisoners home on home confinement, but due to the prison industrial complex (being paid to fill cells), this is not happening at the rate it should be.

America has 4.4% of the world’s population, but 22% of the world’s prisoners - its prison population is disproportionately black, and they are being left to die in their cells.

The clip is truly harrowing, and we wish the quickest of recoveries to the man suffering.