With the delta variant of COVID-19 on the rise, Americans remain split about whether to get vaccinated. Now there’s a new front in the vaccine wars, as judges in several states are requiring defendants on probation to get vaccinated.
Probation is an alternative to jail where an offender remains in the community but must follow conditions imposed by the court or risk a jail term. While courts have a lot of leeway about what conditions to impose, requiring vaccination as a probation condition is new, untested, and sure to be controversial.
Courts Linking Vaccine to Probation