Federal judge to order inspection of D.C. jail in coronavirus lawsuit seeking emergency inmate releases

Source: washingtonpost.com A federal judge said Tuesday that she will order an emergency inspection of the D.C. jail while weighing whether to release prisoners after the number of inmates infected with the novel coronavirus quintupled from five cases to 28 in little more than a week, and the system transferred the first patient to a …

Congressional Research Service report: Federal Prisoners and COVID-19: Background and Authorities to Grant Release

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report titled Federal Prisoners and COVID-19: Background and Authorities to Grant Release. The CRS report provides information on DOJ’s response to the threat of COVID-19 as it pertains to federal prisons and the authorities that may permit the release of some federal prisoners because of the pandemic.

Senators Feinstein and Booker Introduce Bill to Help State, Local Prisons Test, Treat COVID-19

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, today announced they will introduce the COVID–19 Correctional Facility Emergency Response Act. The bill will help state and local governments provide COVID-19 testing and treatment for individuals in state and local correctional facilities. Judiciary Committee Chairman …

ReThink Justice DC Coalition Letter to Mayor Bowser, Councilman Allen and Rep. Norton

The ReThink Justice DC Coalition today sent a letter to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser,  Councilmember Charles Allen and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton urging specific protective actions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus to justice-involved DC residents. The letter calls for “immediate action to minimize the risk that the COVID-19 coronavirus presents to the lives …

DC Council passes second emergency COVID-19 relief bill

Source: wtop.com Meeting remotely for the first time in its 45-year history, the D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously passed its second emergency COVID-19 relief bill, a measure that establishes a rent freeze and mortgage payment deferrals, an expansion of unemployment insurance and more. The bill also allows for up to 54 days of good-time credits …

Hope Village Deaths not COVID related says BOP

Source: wamu.org Two people finishing prison sentences at the Hope Village halfway house in Southeast D.C. died over the weekend. The deaths are not related to the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) says. “I can confirm two deaths at Hope Village this week,” wrote BOP spokesperson Sue Allison. “These deaths …

Lawsuit Filed Suit Against Hope Village Alleging Unsafe Conditions

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights the ACLU of the District of Columbia have filed suit on behalf of residents of the Hope Village Halfway House. The class action lawsuit names Hope Village, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the D.C. Department of Corrections and alleges these defendants dit not “take even the most basic …

Prison Policy Initiative Online Resources for COVID-19

The non-profit Prison Policy Initiative has posted online information related to COVID-19 and the criminal justice system. (Thanks to Phil Fornaci for bringing this to my attention.) View Prison Policy Initiative COVID-19 and the criminal justice system web page View Prison Policy Initiative COVID-19 resources web page

Rep. Norton Calls on Federal BOP to Release Inmates at Hope Village, Investigate Conditions

From Congresswoman Norton Press Release: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a letter she sent today to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Michael Carvajal, again asking BOP to investigate conditions at Hope Village, the men’s halfway house in the District of Columbia, after learning a that two residents died there in …