OAN News Room
Updated 6:45 PM PT – Thursday, 4 February 2021
A federal judge in Oregon granted a controversial decision to provide COVID vaccines to inmates before seniors and teachers. In a recent decision, US Magistrate Judge Stacy Beckerman sided with the Oregon Justice Resource Center in its class-action lawsuit alleging that prisoners are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
The lawsuit cited the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment for prisoners. The judge ordered the inmates to be included in ‘Phase 1A’ of the COVID vaccine delivery plan in Oregon. Government Katy Brown (D-Ore.) Said the state would not appeal the ruling.
There was a hearing today, after which our court asked the Oregon DOC to force it to tell it what it wants: and it just has to be! It will be a tremendous relief for many people and their loved ones inside. #COVID-19 #Borol pic.twitter.com/pi4uBeJAzK
– Oregon Justice Resource Center (@OJRCenter) 3 February, 2021
“More than 50% of people are living in DOC within dormitory housing,” said Juan Chavez, director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center. “It is a recipe for spreading disease.”
The COVID Prison Project reported more than 40 deaths among 3,400 Coronovirus and Oregon inmates.
Childcare providers and teachers are currently eligible to receive vaccines, while more than 80 seniors must wait until 8 February.
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