Social Distancing Comes Naturally in South Dakota

Rapid City, S.D.

The prisoners were panicking in Pierre. On March 23, an inmate at the Pierre Community Work Center, South Dakota’s minimum-security prison for women, was taken to be tested for Covid-19. Her fellow prisoners decided they were doomed. At 8:43 p.m. they jimmied open an exterior door, and nine of them escaped into the night, fleeing the disease.

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