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First Came The Pandemic, Then Came the Raw Sewage

As if coronavirus wasn’t bad enough, plumbing problems are making life in some Texas prisons even more miserable.

The toilets are overflowing—again. As if crowded conditions inside prisons were not enough of a challenge during a pandemic, some Texas prisoners are also facing a familiar foe: the system’s historically-bad plumbing.

At least two large prisons in recent weeks suffered severe water shortages that left thousands of people unable to wash hands, a key step to fight the coronavirus, and that also prevented some prisoners from flushing toilets. In a prison holding as many as 2,200 men near the New Mexico border, some prisoners had to defecate for days without being able to flush their feces away, an employee said.

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“They were pooping on top of their own poop,” said the employee at the Preston E. Smith Unit in Lamesa, who spoke with The Marshall

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