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Protesters: Release prison inmates with less than year remaining on sentence

They're also demanding free medical care and access to masks.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Prison inmates are at high risk of getting COVID-19 because of close confinement.

That's why dozens of protesters gathered Saturday near the Indiana Women's Prison, honking horns and holding signs.

They're asking Governor Holcomb to release everyone with less than a year left on their sentences.

They're also demanding free medical care and access to masks.

"We think the Governor, Eric Holcomb, should acknowledge what is going on in here and take this seriously because we are going to keep on keeping up the pressure whether he likes it or not because that's our family members in there," said Kwame Skakur, response coordinator for IDOC Watch.

There have been three deaths reported in Indiana prisons. 278 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.