On Tuesday, the Supreme Court chose not to block a judge's order requiring the government to move hundreds of at-risk inmates from an Ohio prison due to COVID-19.
The ACLU brought a lawsuit on behalf of inmates being held at Elkton Federal Correctional Institution near Canton, claiming that holding medically vulnerable or elderly inmates in this facility during a coronavirus outbreak is cruel and unusual punishment. A quarter of its prisoners have tested positive. Nine have died.
The Bureau of Prisons opposed the release of the federal prisoners, citing a risk to public safety. The judge issued another order in May to enforce the first one.
The Supreme Court said the Trump administration could submit a new filing later, after an appeal on the second order makes its way through lower courts.