Note: this article, featuring our Deputy Director of the International Program Samantha Feinstein and our clients, was originally published here.
Whistleblowers Allege Unsafe Conditions at Richwood Correctional Center, Watchdog Group Reports
MONROE, La. (KNOE) – The Government Accountability Project watchdog group is reporting unsafe conditions at the Richwood Correctional Center based on information that it said comes from whistleblowers.
The group sent a letter to Congress last week to express those concerns.
Samantha Feinstein, Deputy Director of the International Program of the Government Accountability Project, said whistleblowers are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 within the center.
According to Feinstein, those allegations include co-mingling between healthy detainees and those who have the virus.
She said she’s also been told that staff members weren’t allowed to wear personal protective equipment for a period of time.
“So there were a number of people who were fearful for their lives and for their own personal health can safety,” she said.
She said she was told that even when it was allowed, it wasn’t being enforced.
She’s said she had also heard that the dorms where detainees are being held aren’t cleaned in accordance to CDC guidelines.