Texas prisoners lock down, make masks to fight coronavirus

Texas

By JAMIE STENGLE and JAKE BLEIBERG

DALLAS (AP) — Two Texas prisons have been locked down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Inmates at other facilities are making masks to fight the pandemic. The prison system says about 2,100 inmates at the Rufe Jordan Unit in the Texas Panhandle and Dr. Lane Murray Unit in Central Texas have been confined to their cells on medical restrictions. There have been more than 8,200 cases of the virus in the Lone Star State and at least 154 people have died, including a state corrections officer. Also, the Texas Democratic Party sued to ensure any voter can cast a mail-in ballot during the pandemic.