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A lawsuit asking for the immediate release of prisoners is shot down in Kansas

A Kansas court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a civil rights group seeking the immediate release of prisoners who have preexisting medical conditions that make them vulnerable to the new coronavirus

Leavenworth District Judge David King dismissed the class action petition filed by The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on behalf of eight inmates and others similarly situated at Kansas prisons.

The district court found the ACLU didn’t prove that jail officials either failed to meet their constitutional duty to provide adequate medical care or acted with deliberate indifference to the inmates’ serious medical needs.

This as three Lansing Correctional Facility inmates have died of the virus And, the outbreak at the largest prison in Kansas has claimed the life of a prison guard Monday. He was the first employee at the facility to die of the virus.

The guard, 61-year-old George “Bernie” Robare, was a former Marine and longtime Corrections Department guard. Robare was a leukemia survivor.

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