Lawsuit filed against two MS prisons for inadequate practices to prevent COVID-19

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Today, the Mississippi Center for Justice along with the Hogan Lovells Law Firm, Attorney Mark Whitburn of Austin, Texas, and the ACLU of Mississippi filed a class action lawsuit against Mississippi’s two largest prisons for taking inadequate steps to prevent infection and mitigate an outbreak of COVID-19.

According to the lawsuit, the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and the South Mississippi Correction Institution have not implemented minimum prevention practices required to reduce transmission and identify cases of COVID-19 infection.

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Among other measures, the suit seeks implementation of guidance provided to correctional facilities by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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