Coronavirus Concerns Spur Judiciary to Release Low-Risk Inmates From City Jail

jail cell blockAs of Friday, 60 low-risk, pretrial inmates were released from the Baltimore City Jail through expedited or new bail review hearings. The releases are being made on a case by case basis in light of the coronavirus pandemic and potential impacts on incarcerated populations.

From The Baltimore Sun:

Those freed were identified by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office as being low-risk offenders who would not post a public safety threat, according to the Maryland Judiciary Office of Public Affairs. The releases began on March 18 and have continued since.

Maryland judiciary Public Information Officer Nadine Maeser said the tally of 60 released is the latest and most accurate account as of Friday. The defendants released were committed to the Baltimore City Detention Center and were awaiting trial. Four individuals were released on Friday, Maeser said.

The article notes that the Baltimore City State’s Attorneys Office has identified and recommended the release of 157 individuals.

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Nearly 60 inmates released from Baltimore jails as judiciary looks to shield against the coronavirus (The Baltimore Sun)