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Orange County jail inmate tests positive for the coronavirus

Orange County jail inmate tests positive for the coronavirus”

"Under the process - which is a landmark process that we've established working with the public defender, with the Supreme Court, with other stakeholders - offenders will be released, unless there's an individual-specific objection from a county prosecutor or from my office, in which case there will be a hearing on it", he said.

Ten inmates at the Orange County Jail recently became ill with flu-like symptoms and were isolated, Braun said.

Thirteen prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus while 4,000 of the 24,000 prison officers are self-isolating or off sick.

The order, signed after conferences with the state Attorney General's Office and New Jersey Association of County Prosecutors, and upon a petition by the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, commutes or suspends county jail sentences now being served by county jail inmates either as a condition of probation for an indictable offense or because of a Municipal Court conviction.

Twenty-eight non-violent offenders being held in the Morris County Jail were released Tuesday in compliance with a New Jersey Supreme Court order, authorities said.

Among the coalition's requests are the release of people jailed for misdemeanors, as well as people in prisons who are over the age of 50 or have been in prison for more than 25 years.

Across the USA, the pandemic has surfaced in the Santa Barbara County jail in California, and a NY corrections investigator died due to the virus.

The state's 12 prisons are now operating over-capacity and the lawsuit says social distancing - the public health strategy deemed most effective to reduce person-to-person transmission - is not achievable in an over-crowded, congregate environment.

This new measure was addressed during Monday's press conference.

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"I hope that this causes a reckoning with really what's a sustainable incarcerated population and what's the aim of the incarceration", she said.

Attorney and community organizer Nikkita Oliver said addressing coronavirus in prisons is a matter of racial justice because African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are disproportionately represented in prison.

But he said that risk would "have to be considered" as well as looking at options such as making use of release on temporary licence, bail accommodation and working out "what to do" with some 9,000 prisoners now on remand.

Officials and those with loved ones inside prisons are afraid of what may happen to inmates in the event of an outbreak. DOC has said it's already allowing access to hand sanitizer in situations where soap and water is not readily accessible.

DOC typically doesn't comment on pending litigation, but said in a statement that it has "mounted a system-wide emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis".

Lawyers for the state wrote that DOC has worked for weeks to "mitigate the threat COVID-19 poses to the incarcerated population".

The Department of Corrections, with its history of poor infrastructure and limited medical care, houses just under 100,000 inmates statewide.

The inmate's name was not disclosed, but the O.C. The Sheriff's Department said the man is in his 40s.

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