MACDL and CPCS are the plaintiffs in a petition to the SJC, represented by lawyers from the ACLU of Massachusetts, asking the court to take immediate action to limit outbreaks of COVID-19 by reducing the numbers of people who are incarcerated in Massachusetts jails, prisons, and houses of correction, in order “to mitigate the mortal harm that the COVID-19 pandemic will inflict upon incarcerated people, on corrections staff, and on all of our communities.” The petition asks that the SJC immediately limit the number of people taken into custody, release people held on pretrial detention, and also release people held on certain sentences.

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Release Incarcerated People Due to Coronavirus Petition

The Petition

Release Incarcerated Due to Virus Exhibits

Petition Exhibits