Attorney General seeks to expand home confinement as more inmates contract coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday he has directed the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to expand its use of home confinement for inmates in appropriate cases, as the coronavirus has continued to spread in the federal prison system.

A total of six inmates and four prison staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, Barr said, adding that several federal facilities including two in New York City are now on lock-down as a result.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch)

03/26/2020 16:16

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