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Historic upstate New York prison cemetery being used again for coronavirus-related fatalities

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In a wooded area behind the Beacon High School tennis courts near Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York is a burial ground with rows of headstones of the same size and shape, spaced apart with military precision.

The relatively unknown plot — a late 19th-century cemetery that once belonged to the now-shuttered Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane — has seen the burials of hundreds of people, beginning with those committed to the infamous asylum and later those imprisoned at Fishkill.

During the coronavirus outbreak, the historic site near North Elm St. and Tilden Ave. in Beacon continues to serve the same purpose it did 128 years ago: As a final resting place for the unclaimed remains of people who die behind bars.

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