Mere hours after an independent fact-finder was appointed to look into potential allegations of poor conditions and cruel treatment at a trio of South Florida immigration detention centers, a federal judge in Miami reversed the order without giving a reason.
After filing an eight-page order, the U.S. District Court Judge named an investigator to evaluate whether officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have breached prior court orders intended to prevent cases of coronavirus. Among what was mentioned in the order, the judge noted that a continuing inability to provide prisoners with the minimum provisions and resources to survive the pandemic is proof of intentional indifference to medical needs, and is tantamount to administering cruel and unusual punishment as it raises the likelihood of exposure to a deadly and highly infectious disease.
The initial order is part of a current litigation suit demanding the release of more than 1,000 U.S. Immigration and Detained Customs Enforcement.
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