Making the Case for Freeing Inmates as Coronavirus Spreads in the New York Times

April 1, 2020 In the Press

As the coronavirus spreads across America, some jails and prisons, where social distancing is nearly impossible, are beginning to release inmates. However, as Timothy Williams, Benjamin Weiser and William K. Rashbaum report for the New York Times, action is not being taken quickly enough. They report, 

“By keeping more people in the jails, you are increasing the overall number of people who contract the virus,” and the demand for hospital beds, ventilators and other lifesaving resources, said David E. Patton, head of the federal public defender’s office in New York City, which represents nearly half of the 2,500 inmates in the city’s two federal jails. “They are playing roulette with people’s lives.”

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