Lawsuit: Oakland County Jail should release vulnerable inmates

A new lawsuit demands the release of medically vulnerable inmates from the Oakland County Jail while the COVID-19 pandemic rages. The civil rights groups behind the lawsuit call for the immediate release of inmates with conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order last month allowing those people to be released early, so long as … Read More

Lawsuit claims Oakland County Jail conditions put inmates at risk for COVID-19, demands ‘vulnerable’ be released

A class action federal lawsuit against Oakland County, Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Commander of Corrective Services Curtis Childs was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleging unsanitary conditions at the jail are putting inmates at unnecessary risk of contracting COVID-19, and demanding immediate release of inmates deemed “vulnerable” due to underlying health issues. Read … Read More

Judge orders Oakland Co. Jail to submit list of inmates for release consideration

Pontiac — A federal judge is requiring the Oakland County Jail to provide a list of its medically vulnerable inmates so the court can consider their release as the coronavirus crisis continues in Michigan. Judge Linda Parker’s order requires the jail, within three business days, to furnish the names of such inmates, their health vulnerabilities and criminal histories. Read more via Detroit News here.

Oakland County Jail ordered to identify prisoners who should be released to protect them from COVID-19

A federal district judge has ordered the Oakland County, Michigan, jail to provide a list of “medically-vulnerable” prisoners who can be either freed or released to home confinement to protect them from the risk of contracting COVID-19. Jail officials have three days to comply. After the initial list is submitted, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker will begin ordering the release … Read More

Civil Rights Organizations Sue Wayne County Jail for Immediate Release of Vulnerable People Ahead of Deadly COVID-19 Spread

Wayne County, MI—Today, several civil rights and racial justice groups filed a federal lawsuit calling for the release of people inside Wayne County Jail, arguing that county officials are risking the lives of everyone inside and the community at large because of their failure to respond to the threat of COVID-19. Naming Wayne County, Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Undersheriff Daniel Pfannes, … Read More

Michigan Liberation stands in solidarity in front of MDOC

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Michigan Liberations and other community groups protested outside of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Monday. The groups are calling on Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state Legislature, as well as other law enforcement and court staff, to protect populations and stop the spread of the coronavirus in Michigan state prisons and jails. Read more via WILX … Read More

Michigan Liberation host car caravan protest

Michigan Liberation host car caravan protest ‘demanding’ Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan House and Senate, and law enforcement work to protect vulnerable incarcerated people from the coronavirus (COVID-19) Read more via 9&10 News here.

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 … Read More

Inmates at Oakland County Jail plead for help in lawsuit

Legal and advocacy groups say time is running short in the effort to prevent a surge of COVID-19 infections in the Oakland County Jail.  The groups are involved in a lawsuit against Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, Curtis Childs, Corrective Services Commander, and the county over conditions in the jail. Read more via Michigan Radio here.

Protesters rally against COVID-19 in MI prisons

The protesters who came out here today say they believe Governor Gretchen Whitmer has the power to free more inmates. But they made their stand outside of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) headquarters to show they will not stop fighting for those inside Michigan’s prisons. “If we’re under such a state of emergency,” formerly incarcerated protester Demetris Knuckles-El says, … Read More