Michiganradio.org reported on June 22nd that Michigan’s 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a case filed by Oakland County jail inmates who allege they are denied basic sanitation items like soap and disinfectant to clean surfaces and shared items during the coronavirus pandemic.

The inmates also allege that the county jails use prison transfers to a COVID-19 unit as a form of punishment for inmates who refuse job duties that might expose them to the coronavirus, or for complaining about unsafe conditions.

ACLU lawyer Phil Mayor, representing the inmates in the lawsuit, is quoted, saying:

The jail has no plan or policy whatsoever for providing different housing based on the medical vulnerability of people, when making housing decisions, when deciding how many people to crowd into a cell, for example.

Read more: https://www.michiganradio.org/post/conditions-oakland-county-jail-6th-circuit-court-appeals