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CO governor caves to politics not science - takes inmates off COVID-19 vaccine priority; DOJ finds FL prison failed to protect inmates from sexual assault by guards — your weekly justice news


not deserving: Public opinion is keeping correctional facilities from getting vaccine priority. Only seven states have put inmates in phase one of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. NPR (Dec. 24, 2020)

pay up: A Florida county is looking for $3 million for the extend holding of people in its jails due to COVID-19 slow downs. Inmates awaiting transfer to state custody have been held almost four times longer. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Dec. 27, 2020)

taken by: He survived an execution attempt over a decade ago when executioners tried 18 times to find a vein for lethal injection and failed. He died of probable complications from COVID-19 last month. COVID-19 has killed at least 124 inmates in Ohio. NBC (Dec. 30, 2020)

confined to abuse: The Department of Justice announced a Florida prison violated constructional rights by facing to protect female inmates from chronic rape and sexual assault. trigger warning News Release (Dec. 22, 2020)

ICYMI: It took weeks for a sister to finally learn her brother had been hospitalized for COVID-19 in prison, but officials never told her when he died, citing HIPPA, despite being listed as emergency contact and having power of attorney. The Philadelphia Inquire (Dec. 18, 2020)

for politics not science: Colorado’s governor caved to public pressure and removed inmates from COVID-19 vaccine priority despite science. The Washington Post (Jan. 2, 2021)

caught in the act: Man arrested for 200 gallons of bootleg blueberry wine in Alabama. He could face 20 years in prison. Oregon Live (Dec. 29, 2020)

COVID-19 resources: State policy changesNewsBureau of Prisons updatesState court changesPrison holistic self care and protection.

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