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  • New York Must Offer Vaccine to All Prisoners Immediately, Judge Rules

    The ruling mandating vaccination of prisoners was the first of its kind in one of the nation’s largest correctional systems.

    March 29, 2021 Updated 8:47 p.m. ET
    By Troy Closson

    New York must immediately begin to offer Covid vaccines to all incarcerated people in the state’s prisons and jails, a judge ruled on Monday, making the state one of few in the nation to provide doses to such a broad population behind bars.

    The order, the first involving any of the country’s largest correctional systems,comes as the coronavirus continues to roar through facilities in New York. At least 1,100 people living behind prison walls have tested positive for the virus since the start of last month, and five have died.

    ... Justice Alison Y. Tuittof State Supreme Court in the Bronx wrote in her ruling on Monday afternoon that people in prisons and jails had been arbitrarily left out of the rollout and that doing so was “unfair and unjust” and an “abuse of discretion.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/n...e=articleShare

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