In a move that's being heavily criticized, a court in Ohio has released hundreds of inmates from the Cuyahoga County Jail amid the coronavirus outbreak and concerns.
The reason is because they don't want the COVID-19 spreading around the jail. Some of the inmates released were likely placed on house arrest, providing at least a small level of comfort to those in the area who are worried about criminals being released too early.
As seen on Fox 59, the county judges were holding a session to move cases along that came with a guilty plea. They attempted to settle those cases, then either put people in prison, put them on house arrest, or simply released them.
It was administrative Judge Brendan Sheehan who mentioned that many inmates are in poor health and the coronavirus could take them out fairly quickly.
Sheehan also said, to the I-TEAM, “You gotta remember, the goal of this is to protect the community and the safety of the inmates. If someone’s a serious violent person, well, we’re using our discretion to make sure the community’s safe also."
Hopefully they used that discretion heavily if an inmate was convicted of violent crime.