Inmates Get $2 An Hour Working For TX Medical Examiner

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Nov 16, 2020 |

CNN – El Paso County, one of Texas’ Covid-19 hotspots, has recruited inmates to move bodies of coronavirus victims.

They are temporarily relieving overworked personnel at the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office, authorities say.

Nine inmates from an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office detention facility have volunteered to assist the medical examiner’s office, which is currently housing bodies of Covid-19 victims in its permanent and mobile morgues.

They have been working at the medical examiner’s office for a week now, said Chris Acosta, public affairs director for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told CNN affiliate KVIA that the inmates are there to “lend a helping hand” to overworked staff at the medical examiner’s office, where over 100 bodies are being housed in the permanent morgue and mobile morgues.

“We’re shorthanded,” Samaniego told KVIA. “People are really tired; nurses and doctors are tired.”

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The inmates are all “low-level offenders” who work eight-hour shifts every day, clad in personal protective equipment provided to them by the medical examiner’s office. They’re paid $2 an hour … Read more. 

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