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April 7, 2020

Reviewing action by (too few) Governors to reduce incarcerated populations in response to COVID crisis

I have been pleased to see a few Governors step up to deal with the COVID crisis created by crowded prisons and jails, but I continue to be disappointing that there are seemingly not that many chief executives being proactive in this space during these harrowing times.  I suspect and fear that I am here not providing a complete accounting of good gubernatorial actions, but I welcome comments or emails for supplementing this list:

Alabama: "Ivey order allows for release of some county jail inmates"

Colorado: "Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic"

Kentucky: "Kentucky plans to release more than 900 prisoners because of the COVID-19 outbreak"

Illinois: "Pritzker signs executive order allowing medical furloughs for IDOC inmates vulnerable to coronavirus"

Ohio: "Coronavirus in Ohio: Gov. Mike DeWine plans to release some prison inmates due to COVID-19"

New Mexico: "Gov. orders early release of some inmates"

New York: "NY to release 1,100 parole violators as coronavirus spreads"

April 7, 2020 at 05:23 PM | Permalink


I am a mother of a 30 year old prisoner whom shouldn't ever been in there

Posted by: Elizabeth Rivera | Apr 8, 2020 1:45:54 PM

I work for the state parks, I have a 31 yr old son with mental illness in prison. His illness wasent considered at trial, even though he hears voices during police questioning and no physical evidence. He dosent even understand why hes their.

Posted by: Julie Lee | Apr 8, 2020 9:30:29 PM

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