Prison lawyer seeks release of prisoners through coronavirus

Lawyers for in California said the state failed to take urgent steps to respond to the -19 outbreak and asked a federal court order for an emergency release of the on Wednesday.

They said federal intervention was needed to prevent illness and death, "if the COVID-19 virus is allowed to flow naturally in California prisons that are still overcrowded, it will definitely happen."

The motion calls for the "targeted release" of low-risk prisoners with less than a year of service and the release or resettlement of prisoners aged 65 or older with chronic lung or other diseases. COVID-19 carries serious risks. Lawyers are also seeking steps to protect approximately 50,000 prisoners buried double-decker in open dormitories where social alienation is not possible.

The document did not require a specific number of releases, but was sufficient to make the prison obey governor Gavin Newsom's social alienation order issued across California.

Lawyers told the judicial team that oversees the situation in California's prisons that if no immediate action is taken, "COVID-19 will spread like wildfire in the state's crowded prisons, … which will overwhelm hospital capacity and unnecessarily infect thousands . "

Newsom ordered a halt to jail on Tuesday, but said he was "not interested in … releasing violent criminals from our system."

Lawyers in the state did not immediately respond.

The latest demographic study of the prison system was released in January but contains demographic data for 2018, showing more than 10,500 prisoners over 60. The court moved that 17,000 prisoners were designated as medically at-risk.

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"We are doing this to make them as immune to the virus as the rest of us," Bay Area lawyer Michael Bien said. His law firm represents mentally ill prisoners in a long-running prison civil rights lawsuit. .

One prisoner and nine prison staffers tested positive for COVID-19 in six prisons. The prisoner was reportedly stable in a California prison in Lancaster.

Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Published data It has been shown that 159 prisoners have tested the virus so far, and the results of 94 of them have not yet been determined. The largest cluster is 32 tests located in the State of California Correctional Center leased by the state in Kern County.

Two weeks ago, the prison system reduced outside visitors and reduced the transfer of prisoners from one prison to another.

The department has said it will strengthen defenses through gateway inspections, additional cleaning work and the distribution of additional soap to prisoners seeking the service.

The department said in a report: "We have a long-term outbreak management to respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases such as influenza, measles, mumps, norovirus and chickenpox, Preparation process. "Tuesday's statement.

Internal records obtained by The Times show that a large number of quarantine areas were isolated every day, and then restrictions were lifted. A directive told prison medical staff that there was a "serious shortage" of , respirators and other equipment. They were told to consider "extended use" of gear when moving between .

Employees and the prisoner's family told The Times that the disinfectant in the prison kitchen and dormitory had run out.

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Until then, California has been staring at federal court orders to release prisoners, As recently as 2014 When the judge considered that the state was not doing enough to reduce congestion, it seriously threatened the lives and welfare of prisoners. The state's prisons are currently operating at 134% of capacity. There are approximately 121,400 prisoners in 35 state-run prisons, fire camps and prisons in the state.

Approximately 65,000 workers enter and leave the prison each day, just to see if they feel unwell, whether they have recently traveled or had an oral check with someone infected with COVID-19.

An early order recommended that guardians temperature screenings to monitor feverish crowds, as was done at foreign airports during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. But some staffers told The Times that this would not happen, and sick workers lied and went to jail.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller formed a task force last week to report on prison efforts to respond to COVID-19. Bean says the group meets almost daily, but while discussions about mental health care during the are ongoing, plans to reduce the risk of virus transmission in prisons have been slow and limited.

Over the past decade, California has transferred lower-level offenders to county jails and has committed many misdemeanors of drugs and theft, in part to reduce congestion. As a result, the national prison system now has a large number of serious offenders, as well as older prisoners serving long or life sentences.

According to Bein, under current policy, the State's response was "the best thing they can do." "At the same time, we have increased fear, anxiety, and we have limited mental health treatments. The country needs to do a lot more."

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