PONTIAC, MI – Today, Thursday June 11th, 2020, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, stayed the Preliminary Injunction that Federal Judge Linda V. Parker had issued against the Oakland County Jail on May 21st, 2020.
In issuing her injunction, Judge Parker had ruled it was a Constitutional violation to incarcerate anyone with a medical vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Parker had ordered the Oakland County Jail to participate in a process she designed to release all medically vulnerable inmates in the Oakland County Jail. In an eight page Opinion, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found the Oakland County Jail had taken sufficient preventative measures to protect the inmate population in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Plaintiff inmates had no reasonable likelihood of success in their litigation against the Oakland County Jail. The Sixth Circuit’s Opinion immediately halts Judge Parker’s process which would have led to the release of a significant number of inmates at the Oakland County Jail.
As it has been since the pandemic began, the Oakland County Jail continues to implement a significant number of procedures and preventative measures designed to protect the inmate population from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oakland County Jail is pleased to announce there are currently no positive cases of COVID-19 in the Oakland County Jail. No Oakland County Jail inmate has been hospitalized because of COVID-19 nor has an Oakland County Jail inmate died because of COVID-19. These objective facts are proof the Oakland County Jail’s procedures and preventative measures are working.
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