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May 27, 2020

Reviewing a handful of the latest ugly prison pandemic headlines

I have not done a round-up of stories on the spread of COVID-19 through state and federal prison populations lately, in part because this sad tale has already become just standard bad news.  But some recent headlines and stories from this arena seemed especially worth flagging.  So:

May 27, 2020 at 01:07 PM | Permalink


And on Tuesday, the ACLU and Winston and Strawn Law Firm filed a class action lawsuit against the Warden and Bureau of Prisons over the huge Coronavirus outbreak at the Butner, North Carolina prison complex, with includes a Federal Medical Center. They have had 375 inmates infected (10 dead) and 44 staff members infected at Butlner, North Carolina. They are asking the Judge to appoint an expert to identify vulnerable inmates, so that the Judge can order them to be released to home confinement. Stay tuned to see if this lawsuit works. The 4th Circuit is not very inmate-friendly a place to litigate. In July 2000, I began serving my sentence at the Low Security Prison at Butner, so I know a lot about this place. Interetingly, Butner began as a German P.O.W. complex during World War II, and after the War, it was turned over to the then much smaller (4,000 total inmates in 1946?) Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Posted by: James Gormley | May 27, 2020 3:18:28 PM

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