The US Attorney General said that the Bureau of prisons faced an emergency because of COVID-19

US Attorney General William Barr announced that the US Federal Bureau of prisons was facing an emergency due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in prisons, according to Reuters.

In this regard, the Attorney General instructed to transfer more prisoners to home confinement, especially in prisons that are most affected by the spread of the coronavirus, including institutions in Oakdale (Louisiana), Elkton (Ohio) and Danbury (Connecticut).

Earlier it became known that the Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a sentence in Danbury, had a dry cough and a slight temperature. According to official information, 15 people were confirmed to have coronavirus in prison and are being held separately. Yaroshenko’s lawyer said that the defense filed a request for his release because of the threat of coronavirus. The prison administration did not specify how long it will be considered. At the end of March, the pilot’s wife Victoria said that her husband was diagnosed with VRI.

Yaroshenko was sentenced in the United States in 2011 to 20 years in a General prison on charges of preparing a conspiracy to deliver a large consignment of drugs to American territory.