Virus: Inmates ask state Supreme Court to order releases

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of inmates in Washington prisons are asking the state Supreme Court to order the release of prisoners at high risk from the coronavirus. Columbia Legal Services, a nonprofit that advocates for social and economic justice, filed a petition on behalf of the inmates with the high court Tuesday. The petition warns that virus outbreaks in the prisons would be devastating and says all inmates over 50, those with underlying medical conditions, and those who are due to be released within 18 months should be freed now to reduce the risk of a outbreak. Gov. Jay Inslee’s office says he is aware of the issue and takes it seriously.