80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime

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  • November 12, 2020
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A sheriff’s deputy waits to screen people entering the county jail as a man walks by on Friday, May 1, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. | Cedar Attanasio/AP

The “devastating human toll” of Covid-19 in Texas’s correctional facilities is revealed in a new report by University of Texas at Austin researchers.

Over 230 people have died from Covid-19 in Texas’s correctional facilities — and in county jails, nearly 80 percent of them were in pretrial detention and hadn’t even been convicted of a crime, according to a new report.

A team of researchers at the University of Austin at Texas reviewed data from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), which has reported that at least 231 people have died of Covid-19 in the state’s correctional facilities between March and October. This report only looked at state-operated prisons and county-operated jails, as researchers were

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