Sick, elderly prisoners are at risk for covid-19. A new D.C. law makes it easier for them to seek early release.

Posted on AllSides December 30th, 2020
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When attorney Andrew Flood took on a new client this summer, the Virginia prison where the D.C. man was serving a decades-long sentence listed fewer than five coronavirus cases. The numbers quickly shot up.

Forty-three in September.

Seventy-two in October.

Flood watched the numbers rise as he pressed for Willie Neal’s early release after serving nearly 30 years for two armed robberies. As an overweight Black man with hypertension and asthma, Neal ran a high risk of life-threatening complications from the coronavirus.

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