Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his public health team gave a status update on Sunday. While the data was not yet complete, they did confirm over 600 prisoners at just one Lincoln County facility are suffering from the Covid-19 virus. While very few are hospitalized, those familiar with prison healthcare know that it is largely an oxymoron.
Oklahoma was exposed for being perhaps the least-tested state in the nation. Gov. Hutchinson pointed out that Arkansas is among the most thoroughly tested. It's an area where Gov. Stitt's goal of being 'Top Ten' is still falling far short (assuming that we like public health institutions having our private health data).
We further searched the current prison population and found a result that 1673 Male inmates are currently assigned to Cummins. This means that about 38% of the prison population is currently carrying the virus. Three have died from what is admitted to be Covid symptoms. It's not known whether they received ample healthcare services in a timely manner.
- Facility: Cummins Unit
- Location: 28 miles south of Pine Bluff, off Highway 65 in Lincoln Co.
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 500, Grady, AR 71644-0500
- Phone: 870-850-8899
- Fax: 870-850-8861
- Employees: 555
- Established: 1902 - ACA Accredited
- Unit Capacity: 1876
- Operations: Agricultural - Livestock, Field (Row Crops) and Vegetables Crops, Feed Mill, Slaughterhouse, Poultry, Swine, Cow-Calf, Hot House, Dairy, Creamery, Farm Garage, and Pecans; Canine Unit; Execution Chamber; Faith-Based Principles and Applications for Life (PAL) Program; GED Program; Industry - Vinyl Bindery, Silk Screening, Garment Factory, and Monogramming; Mental Health Programs; Recreational Programs; Restrictive Housing Barracks; and Think Legacy Program