Essay: Isolation

Feb 5, 2021
Don Rush

With a long winter and the coronavirus pandemic an edginess fills the air. Delmarva Public Public Media Essayist George Merrill ponders the isolation as he watches the snow fall to the ground.

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For the elderly the coronavirus often brings loneliness. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Marcie Fairbanks, director of Family Servics for Capital Caring Health about what they can do to breakout of such isolation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia cannot go back to isolating death row inmates and denying them access to recreational facilities.

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling prohibiting the state from reverting to old conditions that were found to be unconstitutional. Those conditions included holding inmates in 71-square-foot cells for 23 hours a day.

The state improved its treatment of death row inmates in 2015 but did not commit to making those changes permanent.