Supreme Court cancels arguments on releasing inmates

The Kansas Supreme Court canceled arguments on a lawsuit seeking the release of some prison inmates because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arguments were to begin today.


State News

April 15, 2020 - 9:38 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday night canceled arguments from attorneys over a civil rights’ group attempt to force the state to release prison inmates with preexisting medical conditions making them vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.

The high court’s actions came with arguments originally set for this afternoon in a lawsuit filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas for seven inmates at state prisons in Ellsworth, Lansing and Topeka. A two-page order signed by Justice Marla Luckert sent the case to district court in Leavenworth County, home to the Lansing prison.

The lawsuit argues that the inmates are housed in crowded conditions with limited access to adequate medical care. It also contended that releasing vulnerable inmates would allow proper social distancing and reduce the virus’ transmission among remaining prisoners.

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