Prisoner Made Hand Sanitizer For Coronavirus  Out

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Prisoner Made Hand Sanitizer For Coronavirus  Out.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled prisoner-made hand sanitizer today.

Due to shortages resulting from the novel coronavirus, the sanitizer will be given to government agencies, hospitals, jails, and transit staff.

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Prisoner Made Hand Sanitizer For Coronavirus  Out

Fox News reports that New York is wrestling with the coronavirus– and price gouging– with a germ-killing hand sanitizer created by maximum-security inmates operating for less than 65 cents per hour.

“As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow, unscrupulous merchants are manipulating the anxieties of New Yorkers over the virus and charging exorbitant rates for hand sanitizers and other similar products,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference on Monday where he announced the new product.

He said the inmate-produced “NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer” will be available to New York residents free of charge as well as to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates New York’s subways and commuter railroads, to other state agencies and to New Rochelle, the Westchester County city that’s been the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.

The New York Post quoted Cuomo saying “It’s much easier for us to manufacture it ourselves than purchasing it on the open market.” He said it cost $6 to make a gallon jug of the state-produced drug.

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Yet, according to the Post, the Legal Aid Society, which serves indigent prisoners, accused Cuomo of “exploiting imprisoned New Yorkers to make cheap hand sanitizers.”

“This is nothing less than slave labor and it must end,” the group said.

The hand sanitizer is being manufactured at the upstate New York Great Meadow Correctional Facility which has the capacity to produce 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per week.

According to Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, New York charges prisoners less than 65 cents an hour.

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