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Florida prisons see impacts from coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 13:57:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Workers at the Federal Correctional Institute in Tallahassee are worried they're not protected enough against the coronavirus.

The FCI is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Employees say they're dealing with inmates who are quarantined and are seeing that number grow.

Yet, they don't have enough supplies like gloves and masks.

The prison did order protective gear, but it's back ordered until at least the end of April.

Correctional officer Ray Coleman says his coworkers are now concerned that there is not enough protection for them, against the virus.

"I think the future is very uncertain right now," said Coleman. "There's so much uncertainty within this institution, within the agency right now. It's hard to put people's minds at rest, especially those people who may be more vulnerable than others. So, right now, it's a day-by-day, play-by-play thing, and making everyone aware of what's going on so we can put some pressure on this agency."

Coleman says he's now working with lawmakers to get some more assistance.