The Legal Aid Society called on Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, local District Attorney’s offices, correction departments and other relevant government agencies to prioritize the immediate release of New Yorkers especially vulnerable to COVID-19 from local jails amid reports of new data that strongly suggests significant in-jail transmission, reports WNYC/Gothamist.
An analysis by Legal Aid of City COVID-19 reports found that:
“We are now back at pre-pandemic levels of the population with housing areas that are operating with 30, 40 sometimes more people crowded into a room, sharing the same bathroom, using the same facilities and breathing the same air,” said Mary Lynne Werlwas, Director of the Prisoners’ Rights Project at The Legal Aid Society.
Last Updated: 4 December 2020
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