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

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

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

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

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

“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 law enforcement 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 indicates that correctional, probation, and probation officers, as well as juvenile detention center 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 of vaccinating other people in congregational settings, is inexplicable and inexcusable . ” said Tina Luongo, attorney in charge at The Legal Aid Society.

Cuomo’s government has been targeted by criminal justice advocates 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