Nearly 1,000 inmates to be released from Washington prisons

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Washington state will release nearly 1,000 inmates early who are serving for non-violent crimes.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Concerns over the coronavirus now have officials in Washington state releasing some inmates early.

The spread of the coronavirus has been a concern in jail systems, considering it’s impossible to implement proper social distancing. But after corrections staff and inmates tested positive for COVID-19 — steps are being taken.

Washington state will release nearly 1,000 inmates early who are serving for non-violent crimes.

This is to create space for physical distancing in its prisons after a coronavirus outbreak spread to one of its largest facilities. The move comes after several inmates filed lawsuits, requesting the release of almost 12,000 people incarcerated.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus

The Washington Supreme Court ordered Gov. Jay Inslee and the Corrections Department to submit a safety plan for inmates in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

At least 14 correction employees and eight inmates have tested positive for the virus.

Inslee says these inmates are being released early — but only by a matter of weeks or months. They’ll be released through lesser penalties while others will be released into home detention.

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