A State-by-State Look At Coronavirus in Prisons

2021-05-13T15:31:54-04:00

The Marshall Project continues to track cases of COVID-19 and it's impact across US prisons. They note that a recent change by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to remove cases and deaths from its reports has reduced their ability to accurately track new cases or deaths in federal prisons. Read more: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/01/a-state-by-state-look-at-coronavirus-in-prisons [...]

A State-by-State Look At Coronavirus in Prisons2021-05-13T15:31:54-04:00

Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of Covid-19 Behind Bars

2021-05-13T15:26:24-04:00

The New York Times reports that dozens of individuals in prison have died who were approved for parole or not convicted. The deaths raise troubling questions about the way the country’s justice system responded to a pandemic that infected incarcerated people at more than three times the national rate. Defense attorneys, judges and some prosecutors have [...]

Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of Covid-19 Behind Bars2021-05-13T15:26:24-04:00

Reducing Jail and Prison Populations During the Covid-19 Pandemic

2021-05-13T15:22:43-04:00

The Brennan Center for Justice highlights how the COVID pandemic has impacted jails – and that according to analysis by The Marshall Project and the Associated Press, more than 100,000 people have been released from state and federal prisons which is an 8% decrease in the national prison population since the pandemic started. The [...]

Reducing Jail and Prison Populations During the Covid-19 Pandemic2021-05-13T15:22:43-04:00

Grosse Pointe man begs for prison release due to COVID-19 fears — but refuses vaccine

2021-05-13T15:20:10-04:00

The Detroit Free Press notes that convicted cadaver dealer Arthur Rathburn is pleading for compassionate release from prison citing fears of contracting the coronavirus — though the government calls it an act. Prosecutors noted in a court filing that Mr. Rathburn has refused to take a COVID-19 vaccine and does not follow social distancing [...]

Grosse Pointe man begs for prison release due to COVID-19 fears — but refuses vaccine2021-05-13T15:20:10-04:00

Trump Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Dismiss Prisoner’s Complaint that Officials Are Deliberately Indifferent to COVID-19 Risk: Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears

2021-04-29T12:16:45-04:00

People For the American Way reports that Sixth Circuit judge Amul Thapar, appointed by President Trump, cast the deciding vote to affirm  the dismissal of a prisoner’s complaint that prison officials disregarded orders from Governor Whitmer and were deliberately indifferent to the extreme risk of contracting COVID-19 due to prison conditions. The article details [...]

Trump Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Dismiss Prisoner’s Complaint that Officials Are Deliberately Indifferent to COVID-19 Risk: Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears2021-04-29T12:16:45-04:00

Why Michigan is trying to take some prisoners’ stimulus checks

2021-04-29T12:16:39-04:00

The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan's Attorney General has taken action against at least 50 prisoners to reimburse cost of care, as allowed under Michigan law. Many of these actions appear to be triggered by prisoners receiving federal government stimulus checks. One prisoner, Phil Brown, noted, "The amount of money that they're going [...]

Why Michigan is trying to take some prisoners’ stimulus checks2021-04-29T12:16:39-04:00

The astonishing toll of COVID-19 in jails and prisons

2021-04-15T13:25:05-04:00

Vaccines have slowly made their way into the prison system but not until more than a third of the people in jails and prisons became infected. In some cases, these facilities were the worst superspreaders — with infections spreading between prisoners and staff. Read more: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2021/the-astonishing-toll-of-covid-19-in-jails-and-prisons/

The astonishing toll of COVID-19 in jails and prisons2021-04-15T13:25:05-04:00

Michigan prison healthcare to be slashed under new contract, competitor claims

2021-04-13T16:31:32-04:00

The company that currently provides health care and pharmacy services for Michigan's 27 prisons says a competitor that's poised to take over the contract will "slash" staffing and bring "dramatic cuts to mental health services." Read more: https://sports.yahoo.com/michigan-prison-healthcare-slashed-under-040000287.html

Michigan prison healthcare to be slashed under new contract, competitor claims2021-04-13T16:31:32-04:00

Michigan among top four states for most COVID-19 tests in prisons

2021-04-13T16:22:37-04:00

Colorado, Connecticut, Vermont and Michigan had the highest testing rates among the 32 states studied for COVID-19 testing among inmate populations, according to a study released by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice. Read more: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/04/01/michigan-prisons-covid-19-testing-inmate-deaths/4834926001/

Michigan among top four states for most COVID-19 tests in prisons2021-04-13T16:22:37-04:00

COVID raged in Michigan prisons. Life outside isn’t easy either for parolees

2021-04-13T16:08:50-04:00

Experts say the global pandemic has made the transition from prison to outside life challenging for former prisoners. Low-wage jobs became scarce as industries shut down last year and services moved to online applications and delivery. Read more: https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/covid-raged-michigan-prisons-life-outside-isnt-easy-either-parolees

COVID raged in Michigan prisons. Life outside isn’t easy either for parolees2021-04-13T16:08:50-04:00
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