Black News: Prison Advocates File Lawsuit Against Cuomo’s Prison/Jail Vaccination Plan

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, The Bronx Defenders, The Legal Aid Society, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Brooklyn Defender Services filed an Article 78 petition Thursday on behalf of all individuals held in New York City jails.

The petition alleges that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to include all incarcerated people in the pool of individuals eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations–while providing vaccinations to others living in congregate settings and to Department of Correction (DOC) employees–ignores science and public health mandates and arbitrarily excludes incarcerated New Yorkers in violation of the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

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