Coronavirus Prompts Urgent Calls For Minors In Detention To Be Released

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“Physicians, lawyers, and justice advocates are demanding that minors be released from juvenile and immigrant detention centers across the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in those facilities. Their demand comes as a number of coronavirus cases have been confirmed among children and staff members at facilities in New York.    

‘New York is on the front lines—this isn’t happening big-time in Georgia yet or Kansas,’ said Vincent Schiraldi, co-chairperson of Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice, and a former commissioner of New York City’s Department of Probation. ‘But they better figure out that a storm is coming to them, it’s just coming to them a little later. Shame on them if they wait until they get sick to do this.’”

– Liz Robbins

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