A former doctor, whose case highlighted the limited ability of judges to protect vulnerable inmates from the deepening coronavirus crisis in the nation’s jails, was set to be “immediately” released from government custody, a Manhattan federal judge said in an order made public on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Southern District of New York, in a ruling dated April 7, granted Nkanga Nkanga’s latest application for bail and home detention, after federal prosecutors agreed to his temporary release from Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center in a Tuesday court filing.

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