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Amid pandemic, Minnesota prisoners remain warehoused in county jails to make space for distancing


October 12, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

"I can tell you unequivocally we would have no one [housed out of facility] today if it weren't for COVID," said Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell, right.

From his Kandiyohi County jail cell, Dalfonzo Thompson became listless.

He slept for hours on end just to pass the time. Some days he never saw the sun.

"It sucked the life out of me a little bit - mentally and physically," said Thompson, 25, who goes by Anthony, in a phone interview from the jail.


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