Should prisoners be released to prevent coronavirus outbreaks? | The Tylt

Should prisoners be released to prevent coronavirus outbreaks?

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, criminal justice advocates across the United States are calling for the authorities to release prisoners from jails and prisons in order to prevent unneeded death. Prisons are the perfect places for infectious diseases like COVID-19 to take root and spread. It's already in jails like Rikers in New York City, and prisoners are getting sick and dying of the disease. It is impossible to social distance in a prison setting—places like Rikers don't even provide soap or basic protections. Some jurisdictions are working on releasing prisoners in an effort to reduce the overall population of people being held. There is no reason to let people die. However, some worry that releasing prisoners now is exactly the wrong time—not everyone will have a place to go or the means to support themselves. There is also no guarantee they will not commit further crimes. 

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Experts argue prisons will not be able to keep inmates safe, given the conditions and resources at their disposal. 

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Authorities in Ohio are examining their inmate population to see who can be released safely. 

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Texas is taking a different approach to managing the outbreaks in its prisons. 

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Conservatives are against the idea of releasing prisoners from jail.

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