Lawsuit seeks widespread virus testing in Michigan prisons
Lawyers are seeking testing for all Michigan prisoners and staff as well as other steps to protect them from the highly contagious coronavirus. A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the state Corrections Department. At least 41 prisoners have died of complications from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Michigan has roughly 38,000 prisoners but has tested only 3,100 so far. Forty-five percent tested positive. Besides widespread testing, the lawsuit seeks free disinfectant supplies and soap, personal protection equipment, a 6-foot buffer between prisoners and other remedies. The Corrections Department says it's doing many of those things.