Superior Court docket Orders Dismissal of Lawsuit Ordering Launch of 1,800 Inmates

The Orange County Superior Court docket ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit June 10 that sought to launch 50 % of the Orange County Jail inmate inhabitants to permit for extra social distancing. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in June 2020, claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic might harm susceptible inmates with underlying well being situations. After being ordered by Superior Court docket Choose Peter J. Wilson to launch the inmates final December because of a COVID outbreak inside the jails, Sheriff Don Barnes appealed the choice a number of instances, stating it might trigger nice hazard to the neighborhood because of the threat that lots of them would re-offend. If profitable, the go well with would have resulted in additional than 1,800 inmates being launched again into the neighborhood, in keeping with the Orange County Sheriff’s Division, and plenty of have been in pre-trial standing for or have been already convicted of violent crimes. “Navigating the pandemic introduced challenges, however I’m pleased with the distinctive work of our personnel who …