Gov. Whitmer’s Plan To Protect Jails From COVID-19
In an effort to protect "vulnerable populations" in jails and juvenile detention centers, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order on Sunday, March 29th.
MLive reported, the order is meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 in county jails and includes a temporary suspension of inmate transfers, as well as new "risk-reduction protocols."
As of Sunday, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections, there were 58 prisoners and one parolee who tested positive for novel-coronavirus, prompting the need for these measures.
Under the order, new protocols include screening all who enter the jails, limiting visitors and off-site appointments, providing staff with protective equipment, social distancing, minimizing crowding and coming up with pans for those with COVID-19 symptoms.
“It is challenging for inmates and employees to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19," said Whitmer. "And this executive order will put common sense protocols into place to protect our jail and juvenile detention center populations."
In a news release it is also stated the order will give flexibility in releasing inmates nearing their release date, especially those in "vulnerable" populations.