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Judge Dismisses ACLU Suit Seeking Prisoner Release

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Connecticut against the state. The lawsuit called for the release of some incarcerated people and more protection against COVID-19.

The ACLU has called on the state to release vulnerable prisoners, like those with pre-existing conditions, along with those in pre-trial detention or near the end of their sentence.

Judge Barbara Bellis ruled the ACLU didn’t show the state acted with deliberate indifference toward the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ACLU of Connecticut filed a second lawsuit against the state last week – in federal court. State officials say they’ve dramatically reduced the prison population and have safety measures in place to protect sick inmates.

Meanwhile, the Connecticut Department of Correction says a second prison inmate has died of the virus.

Officials say the 57-year old had pre-existing health conditions. A spokesperson for the department said they were able to arrange a phone call with his family before he passed away.

More than 300 incarcerated people in Connecticut have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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