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Lawsuit seeks release of Wisconsin inmates due to virus

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By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lawsuit is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to release elderly and vulnerable inmates from the state prisons who would be at greatest risk from the coronavirus outbreak.

Two inmates with preexisting conditions joined together with Disability Rights Wisconsin and criminal defense attorneys on Friday's lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin says the release is necessary to avoid inmates stricken with COVID-19 flooding hospitals in communities where prisons are located. The action mirrors similar moves in states across the country by the ACLU and others.

Spokeswomen for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Gov. Tony Evers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Homer 51 days ago
In Milwaukee, 81% of COVID 19 victims are African American. (Statistics are Racist)

81% would imply that African Americans are vulnerable/at greatest risk from the Coronavirus outbreak.

These African American "Criminals, duly convicted of crimes, should be immediately released from prison Wisconsin jails and prisons, so they don't get sick...

So, rather than locking them in their cells/homes, isolated for 14 or more days, as if they are in jail, like the rest of us...

The ALCU wants to set them free... then what?

Kevin Homer 49 days ago
I don't think the lawsuit mentions the races of the elderly and vulnerable inmates who are at greater risk. I think maybe sometimes you "see" race more than others.
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