MarketWatch: How soon will New York vaccinate its prisoners?

“On Thursday, Fischer’s organization, joined by the Legal Aid Society, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Bronx Defenders and Brooklyn Defender Services, filed a lawsuit at the state Supreme Court in the Bronx, demanding that vaccines be provided immediately to everyone behind bars. “Beyond politics and an animus toward incarcerated people,” Fischer said, “there’s really no other reason not to include them in the priority vaccination phases with other people in similar settings.”

The suit was filed in the names of two Rikers Island detainees, Alberto Frias and Charles Holden. “The past year has been the scariest of my life,” said Frias, 24. “I have asthma. And every day that passes without being vaccinated leaves me anxious that I might be the next person to get sick or that I might pass COVID along.”

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