COVID-19 outbreaks in Hawaii jails prompt class-action lawsuit on behalf of inmates

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HONOLULU (AP) — A class-action lawsuit on behalf of Hawaii inmates says the state has failed to protect people from COVID-19 outbreaks in unsanitary jails.

The lawsuit says nearly half of the people in Hawaii custody have contracted the virus and that five out of nine facilities have experienced “uncontrolled outbreaks.”

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The lawsuit describes conditions including cells that aren’t sanitized or cleaned when virus-positive inmates move out and a new person moves in.  

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety says the agency has been advised not to comment on possible pending legal matters.

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