Federal inmates to stay in cells for 14 days due to pandemic

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WASHINGTON (NEWS10) — Federal prison inmates will have to remain in their cells for two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bureau of Prisons announced.

Beginning Wednesday, federal prisons will be under a heightened state of lock down. The agency said there will be limited group gatherings for showers, laundry and telephone calls.

Certain programs for mental health treatment and education will still be allowed.

There have been more than two dozen inmates in federal custody who tested positive for the coronavirus.

A mandatory quarantine is also in place for all inmates, and there is currently a ban on visitations.

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