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Class action lawsuit filed against Danbury FCI

A class action federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to have emergency measures put in place to protect Danbury Federal Correctional Institution inmates during this public health emergency.  The Connecticut Mirror reports that attorneys from a Stamford law firm, Quinnipiac University School of Law and Yale Law School say prisons are hot spots for the spread of COVID-19, and claim FCI Danbury has placed the more than 1,000 inmates at an unconstitutional risk of contracting the disease by failing to take action to protect those in their custody.  The suit calls for an emergency order to immediately transfer the prison’s most medically vulnerable inmates to home confinement, and the implementation of social distancing and hygiene measures for those who remain incarcerated.  According to the Bureau of Prisons, more than 40 inmates and 30 staff have contracted coronavirus.  Sick inmates and staff are reportedly not being isolated from the healthy population.  There are four named incarcerated plaintiffs, all of whom have underlying medical conditions. None of the plaintiffs are Connecticut residents. 

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