Jail Releasing Hundreds Of Inmates In Anticipation Of Virus

Holly Matkin

"If you have a high temperature, I can tell you what – that’s a sign you’re not coming in," Judge Brendan Sheehan said.

Cleveland, OH – Up to 300 inmates will be released from the Cuyahoga County Jail over the course of the next several weeks due to concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19.

“It’s not a matter of if this virus hits, it’s when this virus hits our jail,” Cuyahoga Administrative Judge Brendan Sheehan told WEWS.

“If it hits right now, the sheriff is going to be crippled, and he’s going to be looking at me and saying ‘we’ve got to order people out of jail,’" Sheehan said. “At least now we’re doing it in a systematic approach and judges are able to use their discretion.”

Sheehan noted that the jail will need empty space to quarantine inmates in coming weeks, WJW reported.

Judges have tripled their dockets and held hearings over the weekend to help reduce the total number of inmates in the facility, which initially stood at 1,900, according to WEWS.

Sheehan said that essentially all inmates could be considered for release, WJW reported.

Some will also be placed on house arrest.

“We don’t want the public to panic, this is not like the jail is opening the door and everyone is running out," he told WEWS. "People who deserve to go to prison are going to go to prison, people who deserve a second chance, we’re giving them a chance to get second chances."

The court is also working to move violent offenders into state correctional facilities more quickly.

In the meantime, jail officials have been trying to screen incoming inmates, even though they have no tools to do so.

“There is no testing done right now, there is not enough testing equipment right now, but they’re doing it the old-fashion way," Sheehan told WEWS. "If you have a high temperature, I can tell you what – that’s a sign you’re not coming in."

More expedited hearings are expected to take place through Thursday, WJW reported.

Comments (17)
shooter
shooter

Unless they are in a high-risk category, this is NOT a good idea.

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Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Leave the violent offenders where they are.

spd522
spd522

Another Democrat making the world more dangerous.

Marxest
Marxest

I'm not sure this is a good idea. The Rapists, Murderers and Child Molesters should stay in prison no matter what happens. If those particular prisoners are exposed to the Wuhan Coronavirus (Covid-19) and it starts killing them, then that's their due fate.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

This is CRAZY!!!! Don't let them out, let them suffer like the rest of us!

vwiles34
vwiles34

Why not set up cots in a warehouse or some other secure location and use it as a jail for the lower level non-violent offenders. It would be better than what our servicemen get when they're living in tents. I worked in a max-security prison that is now closed. Hell, open it up & there's 500 beds right there. It's like they're looking for any reason to not lock criminals up.

Jones24
Jones24

Thin the herd. Keep them in there.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Survival of the fittest?

dlkoshuta
dlkoshuta

And then they'll all whine and complain when their crime rates skyrocket! You created this mess!

Raymelson
Raymelson

I would be ok with releasing none violet criminals with less than 6 months left on there sentence

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Chaos is Control. The more chaos the easier it is for politicians to pass laws that take away our freedoms. The more criminals on the street during a time of crisis the more chaos you will have.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Stanracer
Stanracer

If this is how the justice system is going to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, releasing all the criminals and not locked any up, nothing good will come of that. Only absolute kaos! Good luck.🤔

EGDG1930
EGDG1930

Like releasing these thugs makes sense! Do you think they're going to shelter in place?

ANNDEE
ANNDEE

Did any of you actually read the article? That rapists murderers anf violent people will stay in jail and still go to prison...it is the people in county jail for stuff that they either would be getting out soon anyway, or that should get a second chance that are getting out.


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