March 31, 2020.
The AJC reported today that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is in the process of considering the early release of up to 200 inmates in light of concerns that COV-ID-19 may spread through Georgia’s jails and prisons. The requirements for early release, so far, will likely limit most inmates from being considered, as an inmate must currently be within 180 days of completing their sentence or of their parole date. The inmates must also be non-violent offenders.
The report comes after Georgia’s prisons and jails have come under fire from public health experts and others that warn how detention centers can be hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. Human rights and legal activists are calling for the release of inmates housed at DOC transitional centers, probation detention centers, and other facilities.
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