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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021 - Vera 2021

From the press release: More than a year after the first calls to release people from jails and prisons as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021 report released today by the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) shows that by the end of March 2021,...


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Seth v. McDonough (2020)

On April 21, 2020, the Civil Rights Corps sued the Prince George’s County jail on behalf of people with pretrial and post-conviction status, arguing that they are “denied even the minimal precautions necessary to mitigate against the risks of COVID-19,” such as soap and prompt access to medical...


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Swain v. Junior (2020)

A lawsuit against the Miami Department of Corrections for inadequate protections for people against the risk of exposure to Covid-19 resulted in a 45-day preliminary injunction for the Metro West Detention Center to provide adequate spacing, sanitation supplies and procedures and testing. The...


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McPherson v. Lamont (2020)

McPherson v. Lamont concerned adequate protections for people, either in pretrial status or post-adjudication, while confined, from risks presented by Covid-19. A lawsuit reached a settlement in June 2020. The settlement includes the creation of a 5-person agreement monitoring panel, mass...


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Carranza v. Reams (2020)

In April 2020, the ACLU of Colorado sued the sheriff of Weld County, alleging that the jail violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of people who are confined in the jail with high risks of complications from Covid-19, including age, chronic health conditions, history of smoking, or...


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Cullors v. Los Angeles (2020)

On April 24, 2020, a coalition of civil rights organizations filed suit against Los Angeles County and the sheriff, home to the nation’s largest jail system, claiming that “nearly 12,000 people in the Los Angeles County’s jails are forced to suffer unconstitutional conditions that deny them the...

Cullors v LA Sheriff.pdf


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Karr v. Alaska (2020)

James Karr, Darrell Sam, and Erwin Nashoanak each appealed the denial of their applications for a second or subsequent bail review hearing. In each case, the superior court determined that the current COVID-19 pandemic was not “new information” justifying a bail review hearing under AS 12.30.006...

Karr v. Alaska 2020.pdf