More than 25,500 inmates and nearly 5,900 employees have had COVID in Texas prisons. They have linked at least 212 inmates and 21 employees deaths to the virus. A report from UT-Austin shows prisoners in Texas are testing positive at a rate 40 percent higher than the national prison population. Lead researcher Michelle Dietch says many elderly and medically vulnerable inmates are dying disproportionately behind bars and that Texas has not granted any compassionate releases. She says nine people died in prison after courts approved them for parole.