Disruptions at City Jail Over COVID Concerns

Disruptions at City Jail Over COVID Concerns

“For the second time in just four days, the inmates at the Justice Center have had to take drastic measures because they feared for their lives due to possible exposure to COVID-19. The CJC is already overcrowded and trying to keep inmates separated from each other to limit the spread of COVID-19 is becoming extremely difficult."

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“For the second time in just four days, the inmates at the Justice Center have had to take drastic measures because they feared for their lives due to possible exposure to COVID-19. The CJC is already overcrowded and trying to keep inmates separated from each other to limit the spread of COVID-19 is becoming extremely difficult.

The inmates created a disruption because they refused to be housed with COVID-19 positive inmates. To resolve this issue, a number of detainees, many by request, were transported to MSI to be in a safer, less-crowded environment. Without the ability to move these individuals to another facility, many of the inmates would have had their lives put in jeopardy.

I commend the Mayor and the Director of Public Safety for taking swift action and safely de-escalating this dangerous situation.

These instances demonstrated why it would have been morally and ethically irresponsible to ignore the ramifications of the pandemic and force the closure of MSI by December 31. It would have further jeopardized the detainee’s health and put their lives at risk just to meet a specific timeline.

These individuals have been placed in our care by the court system and we have a duty to provide them with a safe environment. We cannot ignore COVID-19, and we cannot lose sight of the fact that these individuals still have rights. We cannot jeopardize their lives just to say we closed a building,” said Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed.