Ohio Jail Releases Hundreds of Inmates due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Hundreds of inmates were released from the Cuyahoga County Jail Saturday morning because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The decision came after the Cuyahoga County Court judges were concerned about the coronavirus spread through the jail.
A special Saturday morning session was held by the judges in Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is situated. They wanted to settle pending cases with guilty pleas, release inmates into the public, send them back to prison, or release them on house arrest, according to a local news source.
Earlier this week, Administrative Judge Brendan Sheehan, said that inmates were already in poor health and over a short period, the virus would have spread widely behind bars. Any kind of inmate was considered. There was also a need for a space in jail to contain any inmate who would show symptoms of the virus and needed to be quarantined.
Officials were working to reduce the population in jail as a preventative measure after approximately 11 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Cuyahoga County. As of Sunday, Ohio had recorded 37 confirmed cases of the virus.