Sotomayor Says Prisons May Be 'Cautionary Tales' Amid Virus

Law360 (May 14, 2020, 10:42 PM EDT) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned Thursday against prisons becoming "cautionary tales" amid the COVID-19 pandemic, after Justice Samuel Alito shot down a bid by a group of Texas prisoners seeking to enforce a lower court's order on their facility's virus protection policies.

Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, issued a statement saying it wasn't obvious that the Fifth Circuit had erred when it pressed pause on a Texas federal court's ruling that the group of geriatric prisoners should be given masks and unrestricted access to hand soap, among other disease-prevention measures.

But the justices said "the stakes...

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