Judge dismisses lawsuit against Moose Lake Prison

Updated: July 13, 2020 06:41 PM

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Moose Lake Prison that claimed that the Minnesota Department of Corrections was failing to keep inmates safe from the spread of COVID-19.

The lawsuit was filed in April by the American Civil Liberties Union and the state public defender's office.

Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said they had taken a "serious, adaptive, and coordinated approach to combating COVID-19 across the states prison system."

A statement from Commissioner Schnell further said:

“We welcome the court’s recognition of the reasonableness of our actions to date, but we do not minimize the serious risk that COVID-19 represents for those incarcerated and our staff. We will continue to coordinate with health experts on a multifaceted approach that minimizes the risk of mass infection through effective prevention and spread management strategies. We remain fully aware of our constitutional obligation to provide humane care for those who are in our custody.”

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