Renewed push for inmate release after coronavirus cases in DC jail climb 25-fold

Nearly a month after a federal judge ruled D.C.’s Department of Corrections must do more cleaning and increase safety precautions in the city’s jail complex after five inmates contracted COVID-19, the number of coronavirus infections has ballooned to 180 — a 25-fold increase — according to District data.

In a motion filed May 15 asking Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to immediately appoint an expert to help thin the jail population, the ACLU said the risk of infection for inmates is over 13 times greater than the rate of infection in D.C. as a whole.

In its motion, the ACLU wrote that the Department of Corrections has responded to Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s earlier April 19 order to improve sanitation, access to medical care and increased physical distancing “in the same way they did to this global pandemic: slowly and insufficiently.” more

Published:  May 18, 2020
By:  Neal Augenstein,

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