Jails Across U.S. Release Hundreds of Inmates To Limit Exposure to Coronavirus

The Federal Docket

March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020.

Jails across the country have continued to release low-level offenders at an increasing rate as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. No one has beaten New Jersey’s move to release a thousand inmates, but some have come close, with Cleveland releasing more than 700 inmates from the county jail, and hundreds of other inmates being released in Oakland and Nashville. Some sheriffs have protested the mass releases.

The move comes after several high-profile senators sent a letter to AG Barr and BOP Director Carvajal urging the government release elderly and terminally ill inmates at federal facilities.

The release of state inmates is welcome news to many, though it remains to be seen whether the federal government will follow suit.

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Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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