Inmates, advocacy groups sue Wayne County Sheriff over COVID-19 response in jails

A federal lawsuit against Wayne County Jail officials calls for the immediate release of medically vulnerable inmates, alleging that the jail is not providing adequate safeguards against the threat of the novel coronavirus. 

The jail’s three facilities housed 830 inmates as of Monday. The jail has cut its population since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 869 people on tether supervision, Pageant Atterberry, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Officials previously said the population averaged about 1,400 inmates before the novel coronavirus reached Michigan. 

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