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Judge’s ruling in Ontario prison case considered landmark in holding state accountable

Hand-washing stations outside Snake River Correctional Institution. Advocates criticized the hand-washing infrastructure inside the prison, saying that prisoners often lacked soap and a way to dry their hands. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Lawyers and advocates say that the sweeping court order requiring reforms in Snake River Correctional Institution’s Covid protocols is a landmark. The case, they say, not only raised questions about the quality of medical care at the prison but also exposes problems endemic to the Oregon Department of Corrections’ handling of the pandemic . . .