ALPENA – Alpena County inmate Sonny Hunn, who was incarcerated for concealed weapons and drug possession, asked for early release on Monday over a recent outbreak of COVID-19 among prison staff and inmates.
Hunn made the motion through attorney Ron Bayot before Judge Ed Black in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court.
At least seven inmates from the Alpena County Jail and several prison employees became ill with the infection in late October.
According to Alpena County Undersheriff Erik Smith, no corrections staff or inmates have tested positive for the disease as of Nov. 5. Prison staff will continue to test new or symptomatic inmates and quarantine new inmates until they are confirmed not to be positive.
While all inmates are out of quarantine, health officials will consider the prison an outbreak until 28 days after the last exposure, after which the Michigan Department of Corrections will resume accepting transfers from prison, Smith said.
Prison staff is doing their best to make the prison safe for inmates, Alpena County Prosecutor Cynthia Muszynski said Monday against Hunn’s request for early release for residential drug treatment.
Black denied Hunn’s request.