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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bureau of Prisons has started vaccinating staff members and some inmates at the federal prison complex where the Justice Department carries out federal executions, as officials work to contain a coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population. In some states, more than half of prisoners have been infected, according to data collected by The Associated Press and The Marshall Project.

A Virginia sheriff says an inmate who died in jail was mentally ill, and he's criticizing the state's mental health system. Sheriff Ken Stolle said in a statement that 69-year-old Joseph Sisson Jr.'s mental illness was the cause of his incarceration. He called Virginia's mental health system "broken and ill-equipped to help all those who need it."

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