Bill Cosby’s attorneys worry that he’ll contract the coronavirus in jail, and are considering asking for him to serve the rest of his sentence at house.
Cosby, 82, is serving a three- to 10-year sentence at State Correctional Establishment Phoenix, close to Philadelphia, after being convicted in 2018 of sexually assaulting a girl at his house.
Cosby is blind, and his spokesman fears that he’ll contract the virus from one of many inmates or a employees member who’s charged with caring for him.
“Prisons and jails across the nation have gotten infested with coronavirus circumstances — and it’s solely a matter of time earlier than Mr. Cosby’s jail doubtless falls sufferer to the virus,” mentioned the spokesman, Andrew Wyatt.
Wyatt mentioned Cosby feels nice — other than occasional blood-pressure spikes — and has not been examined for the virus. He mentioned Cosby’s attorneys are “contemplating submitting a movement” to permit Cosby to serve the steadiness of his sentence at house.
The Pennsylvania Division of Corrections mentioned on Wednesday that no inmates inside its system had examined optimistic for the virus.
“DOC employees are working across the clock to evaluate and think about all doable mitigation efforts for all our inmates and parolees right now,” mentioned a spokeswoman. “As you could know, there’s a authorized course of for launch of inmates, be it parole board motion, pardons, commutations or judicial… and the DOC doesn’t have that discretion.”
Like different jail methods, the division has suspended visitation and brought steps to display screen incoming inmates for the illness. Ought to an inmate check optimistic, the division has mentioned it has plans in place to quarantine that inmate.
Some inmates have been put to work manufacturing masks, and the jail system says masks have been distributed to inmates and employees.
On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced that 300 non-violent and aged prisoners can be launched from Rikers Island in a bid to sluggish the unfold of the illness there.