Oregon inmates sue over COVID-19 response

The lawsuit alleges the DOC has not taken the necessary steps to slow the spread of the virus inside its institutions where more than 14,000 inmates live.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 7:19 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- A group of inmates concerned about contracting COVID-19 have filed a lawsuit against Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the leaders at the Department of Corrections.

The civil rights lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the Oregon Justice Resource Center on behalf of the inmates, alleges the DOC has not taken the necessary steps to slow the spread of the virus inside its institutions where more than 14,000 inmates live.

Last week, DOC Director Collette Peters told Oregon Public Broadcasting in an interview her agency was doing everything they can to keep people safe but acknowledged the challenges of social distancing in a prison.

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