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“I am still on edge” — one incarcerated man’s experience in the extended Allegheny County Jail lockdown

Corey Durrett-King was released from the Allegheny County Jail in May and still suffers from the effects of the 23-and-one lockdown that keeps the incarcerated in their cells for all but about one hour a day. To avoid spending hours inside his cell, Durrett-King volunteered to work cleaning cells in the jail’s mental health unit. 

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Fifth death reported by the Allegheny County Jail this year

Another individual incarcerated at the Allegheny County Jail has died. Paul Allen, 55, died at UPMC Mercy Hospital on Saturday, October 9 after being transferred to the jail’s medical unit. Jail medical staff called 911 and Allen was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to an email sent for Warden Orlando Harper to the Jail Oversight Board (JOB). Allen is the fifth person to die in the jail’s custody this year and the tenth to die since April 2020, after the jail went into lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Three deaths in one month at Allegheny County Jail

Three incarcerated persons have died in Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) custody so far this September. The most recent, Justin Brady, is the second member of his family to die while in the county jail’s custody. On September 12, the ACJ announced that a 48-year-old man positive for COVID-19 died at a hospital, and another incarcerated individual, Vinckley Harris, 48, died on September 20.

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Allegheny County Controller’s office to investigate allegations of inadequate meals, food shortages tied to kitchen staff COVID cases

According to interviews of incarcerated persons and affidavits shared with the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (PINJ), food issues at the Allegheny County Jail have arisen due to incarcerated kitchen workers who are locked in quarantine for COVID-19. Allegations of starvation are being made in sworn statements collected by the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) and have prompted the Allegheny County Controller’s office to investigate the situation with the jail’s food vendor Summit Food Service LLC.

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