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Coronavirus in Texas

He was supposed to be in prison less than a year. Instead, he died after catching the coronavirus.

At least 84 Texas state prisoners have died after contracting the coronavirus, including men who were serving short sentences or set to soon go home. As the death count rose, advocates unsuccessfully called on the governor and parole board for early release.

James Allen Smith, 73, died after contracting the coronavirus in a Texas prison. He was only supposed to be in prison for a months-long rehabilitation program.

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