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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