Covid-19 in Prison

A federal court in Louisiana granted in part a diabetic inmate’s request for a temporary restraining order, finding that staff at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, must comply with internal policies and the governor’s recommendations about disinfecting common areas, wearing masks, and implementing social distancing measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. 

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Fax Filing Hours

A court clerk’s policy of turning off fax machines at 4:30 p.m. improperly shortened a tort complainant’s one-year prescriptive period, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled, finding that statute doesn’t impose hourly restrictions on fax filing. The complainant had attempted to fax a petition before midnight on the last day of the prescriptive period to file for damages relating to injuries sustained in a car accident.

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Prison Transfers

A federal court denied a request by prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, to stop the Department of Corrections from transferring Covid-19 “carriers” to maximum-security prison, finding that the request is based on “speculation and conjecture” about what the department “‘might’ do with respect to transferring inmates.”

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Governor Links Louisiana Spike in Virus Cases to Testing Backlog

Louisiana’s governor said Thursday afternoon that a 42% increase in coronavirus cases reported between Wednesday and Thursday is likely the result of delays from commercial tests that are typically performed at drive-thru sites, indicating the people getting tested are generally healthy enough to avoid hospitalization.

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