Whitmer extends protections for jail, juvenile detention centers amid pandemic

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 17:31:53-04

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office announced Thursday that an executive order providing protections for inmates and youth in juvenile detention centers during the pandemic will be extended, effective immediately.

Executive Order 2020-146 temporarily suspends transfers into and out of Michigan correction facilities, unless jails adopt certain "risk-reduction protocols," a release from the governor's office read.

The order also allows local officials more flexibility in releasing vulnerable inmates who don't pose a threat to public safety.

“By extending this executive order we protect both people serving time, and our communities from jail-based outbreaks of COVID-19,” Gov.Whitmer said. “Jails are part of our communities, making a jail-based outbreak a concern for every Michigander. By reducing the spread of COVID-19 in jails, we protect the men and women serving on the front lines of this ongoing public health crisis, the people serving time in jails, and the entire community.”

Read more of the order here.

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