DC Correctional Division decides a lawsuit over COVID-19 protection
DC Correctional Division decides a lawsuit over COVID-19 protection

DC Correctional Division decides a lawsuit over COVID-19 protection

The DC Department of Corrections on Monday agreed to implement a package of COVID-19 protection as part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by inmates at the DC jail.

The DC Department of Corrections on Monday agreed to implement a package of COVID-19 protection as part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by inmates at the DC jail.

ACLU and District of Columbia, one of the parties who brought the action, said in a statement Tuesday that under the settlement, an infectious disease specialist will make up to five unannounced visits to the jail to assess factors such as sanitation and hygiene; medical care for prisoners with COVID-19 symptoms; masks for staff; social distancing and more.



The case, which was brought in March 2020 by ACLU-DC, the public defense service and the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, claimed that the conditions in the DC prison were of such a nature that the Prison and Probation Service was “consciously indifferent” to the prisoners’ rights.

“There should never have been a lawsuit to force the DC jail to protect the people in their custody. These measures will protect the jailed people, officers and the entire community,” Edward Banks, one of the plaintiffs, said in the statement.

In a separate case, the U.S. Marshals Service at the end of last year removed about half of the prisoners in his custody in the DC prison after an unannounced inspection found terrible living conditions.

In January, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Tom Faust to return as director of the Danish Prison and Probation Service.

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