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Prison Conditions on Riker's Island Was Argued In SDNY Now Preliminary Injunction Denied

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 16 – Several Federal lawsuits about prisoners' conditions in Riker's Island amid the COVID pandemic have been consolidated.

  On February 10, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  The City's lawyer said that while hand sanitizer might taste bad, the alcohol in it were tempting as an intoxicant.

The retort was that just because a prisoner might use clothing to hang himself, doesn't mean all prisoners must be naked.   Judge Failla said she will reflect and issue a ruling soon.

On March 16 Judge Failla summoned the parties and Inner City Press covered it. Judge Failla read out her decision, which denied a preliminary injunction but said it was not an unadorned approval of the prisons' practices, and said the case had a benefit and would continue, now that the injunction was denied.

The case is Azor-El et al v. NYC Department of Corrections et al., 20-cv-3650 (Failla)


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