Judge orders 22 people in detention centers in York and Pike counties to be released due to risk from COVID-19

The ACLU of Pennsylvania argued they all were at heightened risk of getting seriously ill and dying if they contract COVID-19.

(Harrisburg) — Civil rights lawyers are hailing a court ruling ordering the release of people from immigrant detention in Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ordered the immediate release of 22 people from the York County Prison and Pike County Correctional Facility.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania argued they all were at heightened risk of getting seriously ill and dying if they contract COVID-19, because of a range of underlying health conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

The disease has already entered the facilities. One detainee in York County and four in Pike County have tested positive, as did four employees in Pike.

They must self-quarantine for 14 days after they’re released.

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