The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), ACLU of Arkansas, Disability Rights Arkansas, and law firm Squire Patton Boggs filed an emergency complaint against Governor Asa Hutchinson over outbreaks of COVID-19 within Arkansas’ state prisons, which disproportionately incarcerate Black individuals.
Many of Arkansas’ correctional facilities are located in Southeast Arkansas, which has the highest concentration of Black residents in the state. Jefferson County, which has a population that is 57.1% Black, is located near three major correctional facilities and has the third highest number of COVID-19 infections in the state. The state government’s failure to address the outbreaks put larger communities, which are disproportionately Black, at a significant risk.
Squire Patton Boggs