Local jails releasing hundreds of prisoners amid coronavirus fears, up from dozens just weeks ago

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    It started with a trickle.Fearing that the coronavirus could wreak havoc once inside densely packed jails, local officials across the country quietly began releasing some of their most vulnerable, including the elderly and chronically ill.The goal, said National Sheriffs’ Association president Sheriff Daron Hall, was to reduce the risk both to prisoners and officers, while freeing up necessary space to quarantine other inmates who may become infected. […]

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