Meet the Philly Judge Standing in the Way of Efforts To Stop Coronavirus Spread in Jails

On Tuesday, Philadelphia reported the first death of a jail inmate due to complications from the coronavirus, a 48-year-old woman serving time for robbery and trespassing due to be released this summer, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The city has identified 54 other inmates as also being infected.
But attempts to flatten the curve in Philadelphia’s jails by trying to reduce populations and make it possible to keep inmates at a distance from each other have hit a roadblock: Judge Anne Marie Coyle of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

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