In April 2020, a petition was presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia with the goal of mitigating the increasing risks imposed by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, upon incarcerated people, corrections and health staff, and communities. To mitigate the imminent and severe harm in carceral institutions of COVID-19, the petition asks the Court to exercise its authority pursuant to Article VI, Section 1 of the Constitution of Virginia to issue a Writ of Mandamus, to reduce the number of people who are now in or who will enter Virginia’s jails, prisons, and houses of correction . . .
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