156 prisoners released from prison

Citing virus concerns, officials in Iowa reduce prison, jail numbers

Prison officials said they were remand prisoners and were released on bail as per court directions. Those prisoners, who venture outside to work in the initiatives of Prisons Department such as the "Freedom" fuel stations and Freedom Prison Bazaar were instructed to wear masks.

"The COVID-19 virus represents a serious and unprecedented risk to the health and safety of people in DOC custody and DOC staff", retired Corrections secretary Dan Pacholke wrote. Those individuals have been tested for the virus.

Gov. Jay Inslee's office said in an email he is aware of the issue, takes it seriously and is talking with the department about it. The boot camp barracks has also been converted into a 500-bed sick bay to treat COVID-19 cases. Though the people have been asked to follow social distancing, the same would be not be possible in the prisons due to overcrowding.

While announcing, the Ministry of Justice said: "We have suspended all prison visits in England and Wales for today".

The Prison Officer Association said they have "praised the decision of the Secretary of State for Justice and the Director of Public Sector Prisons for their decision to place Prisons in England and Wales on immediate lockdown".

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Colvin shares a room, toilet and sink with two other women; there are only two beds, so one sleeps on the floor, he said.

"Based on court system input, jail personnel began releasing approximately 200 inmates early last week, reducing the inmate population to roughly 500 over a week's time".

The petition to the Supreme Court also warns that an outbreak of COVID-19 in a state prison could result in inmates needing to be hospitalized in the community, "further straining available resources". The petition is likely to be taken up for hearing soon.

New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that the order applies to inmates who are in jail for probation violations, as well as to those with municipal court convictions, such as disorderly conduct.

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