Respiratory particles containing the coronavirus can linger in the air for hours after leaving a host. To help combat this, a new device is being installed at some southeast Michigan jail facilities. Twenty-two machines purchased by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office are built to filter and kill viruses though heat and filters. The goal is [...]
Sootoday reports that there are more than 800 active COVID cases reported in Chippewa County prisons. Kinross Correctional Facility has 776 prisoners and 40 corrections staff testing positive with COVID. 775 of these cases still considered active and no deaths have been reported.
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 [...]
A Detroit Free Press article published on June 5th highlights a published study and report from the Vera Institute of Justice that reviews Wayne County's jails. The study looked at those who were in prison and why they were in prison. The report made recommendations on how to reduce the jail population after the pandemic. [...]
The Detroit News reports on efforts by Wayne County to incorporate recent jail reforms made due to COVID-19 into regular practice in an article posted June 2nd. The population of the Wayne County Jail has fallen by 40%. There are now more people on tether supervision than behind bars. Wayne County worked with the Vera [...]
The Oakland Press reported on May 1st that at a federal court hearing, a judge will consider a request to make further changes at the Oakland County Jail due to COVID-19 as well as possible dismissing a class action lawsuit against the county officials. The original lawsuit alleged unsanitary conditions at the county jail are [...]