Attorneys, advocates demand New York prioritize vaccines in prisons, jails

ALBANIA – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo faces legal action if his government fails to adjust its vaccination policy for people detained in prisons and prisons.

Attorneys and legal experts from the Legal Aid Society and other stakeholders sent a letter to Cuomo this week demanding that people in prisons and prisons be admitted to the second or 1b stage of vaccination in New York, arguing that the state’s policy Advice on vaccination priority for people in congregational settings runs counter to federal guidelines.

The letter cites the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recognize coronavirus outbreaks in prisons and prisons. These are difficult to control due to the lack of social distance and limited space for isolation and quarantine, including potential prison outbreaks for the spread of COVID-19 in the community, among other things.

“New York State’s cruel policy of providing vaccines to people in groups such as shelters and nursing homes but not prisons or prisons, and correctional officers but not incarcerated people, is inhuman,” the letter said. “It is also a public policy failure, as we do with vaccines here, but complete silence by the state about the plan to make the vaccine available to one of the most vulnerable populations.”

The New York Gradual Distribution Plan shows that correctional, probation, and probation officers, as well as juvenile detention staff, were eligible to receive the vaccine as of January 11, but not those who are incarcerated or part of being monitored Discharge programs are.

“With thousands of people in prisons and prisons across the state still infected and preventable deaths recorded, the governor’s decision to exclude incarcerated people from vaccine access, despite recognizing the urgency to vaccinate other people in congregational settings, is inexplicable and inexcusable . ” said Tina Luongo, attorney in charge at The Legal Aid Society.

The Cuomo government has been targeted by criminal justice lawyers for dealing with the coronavirus in prisons and prisons. She criticized the governor for not further reducing prison populations by granting meritorious grace and early release.

Luongo pointed out that nearly 30 other states have “concrete plans” for vaccinating detainees.

“This is a colossal public policy failure and our customers now deserve action,” she said.

Read the full letter below:

Final LAS Prison Vaccine Letter 2021 by Amanda Fries on Scribd

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