ICE Ordered To Protect Detainees From COVID-19 In Calif. Jail

Jennifer Doherty in Law360 reported on the latest in the Zepeda-Rivas joint class action lawsuit against ICE. Federal Judge Vincent Chhabria extended court oversight of ICE over their ongoing failure and avoidance to plan and carry out safety protocols to protect people’s health at the Mesa Verde Immigration Detention center in Bakersfield, CA, which is operated by the private prison corporation, GEO Group.

“By refusing to contest the injunction here, ICE recognized what it must — that it had not acted to protect those in its custody from the unreasonable risk of harm from COVID, and that the measures ordered by the court are the bare minimum required,” [deputy public defender] MacLean said in a statement to Law360.


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