The Cuyahoga County Court is looking to release hundreds of inmates from the Cuyahoga County Jail Saturday morning due to coronavirus concerns. Judges concerned about the virus spreading through the jail.
“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," he told the I-TEAM on Thursday.
“The Court is collaborating with the County Sheriff’s Office, the County Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and MetroHealth Medical Center to address the potential for COVID-19 in the jail. Details of those plans are in discussion at this time. The goal is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the jail, while still meeting the safety needs of the community,” Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas said in an earlier statement, according to WOIO.
Cuyahoga County Court holding hearings to potentially release low-level offenders from jail to reduce risk of COVID-19 https://t.co/FCbLMdvX1U— DeepClips (@DeepClips) March 16, 2020
MetroHealth, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court identify 325 jail inmates most at-risk of serious illness in event of a coronavirus outbreak https://t.co/zR1YMAHB65— DeepClips (@DeepClips) March 16, 2020