Yuma Prison

A former inmate says those who reported COVID-19 symptoms were turned away without receiving a test at Arizona State Prison Complex-Yuma.

YUMA (AP) — Relatives say some inmates at the Yuma state prison complex said the prisoners were threatened by inmate leaders with violence if they didn’t refuse to be tested for COVID-19, KLZZ reported

The threats reportedly were made after inmate leaders met with prison officials and apparently were intended to result in fewer positive test results, KJZZ reported.

Bill Lamoreaux, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, said the allegation of threats was unsubstantiated.

“ADCRR takes such allegations seriously,” Lamoreaux said. “If you have any information about credible threats, we ask you to forward them to us so they can be investigated.”

The department’s COVID-19 dashboard says nearly 4,600 inmates at the Yuma facility have been tested. Of those for whom results are available, 109 inmates tested positive and 457 were negative.

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