lehigh county jail

WLVR’s Tyler Pratt recently spoke with Norberto, who is now home. He said the conditions and isolation at the jail in lockdown were dramatically worse than any of his previous experiences.

Concerned residents held a vigil outside the Lehigh County Jail in Allentown over the weekend with signs and candles to remember an inmate and correctional officer who recently died from COVID-19 and to raise awareness of what they say are dangerous conditions inside.

Lehigh Valley community members say the situation inside the Lehigh County Jail is bleak. Activists say COVID-19 conditions are causing harm to inmates and employees. And they plan to make their voices heard this weekend.

WLVR’s Brad Klein and Jen Rehill discuss the record-setting snowfall, issues of pandemic safety at the Lehigh County Jail, and Pennsylvania’s below-average performance in vaccinating its population against COVID-19.

State courts told correctional institutions last year to reduce the number of inmates to help fight the spread of COVID-19 inside.


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