1. Orange County jail inmate tests positive for the coronavirus  Los Angeles Times
  2. As COVID-19 Spreads, Calls Grow To Protect Inmates In Federal Prisons  NPR
  3. ‘Disaster waiting to happen’: Thousands of inmates released as jails and prisons face coronavirus threat  Washington Post
  4. N.J. will release prisoners to save lives | Editorial  NJ.com
  5. N.J. releasing almost 500 inmates from county jails to prevent coronavirus outbreak behind bars  lehighvalleylive.com
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An inmate in the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first Orange County inmate to do so, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Tuesday.An inmate in the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first Orange County inmate to do so, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Orange County jail inmate tests positive for the coronavirus - Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers and advocacy groups are putting pressure on the Trump administration to take steps to protect vulnerable federal inmates from the coronavirus.Lawmakers and advocacy groups are putting pressure on the Trump administration to take steps to protect vulnerable federal inmates from the coronavirus.

As COVID-19 Spreads, Calls Grow To Protect Inmates In Federal Prisons : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

With efforts to release inmates from Cook County Jail under way, Cook County officials have ramped up their efforts to address a younger at-risk population: detained juveniles. Peter Parry, deputy public defender for countrywide operations, confirmed to the Tribune that hearings have been scheduled this week for 100 of the roughly 150 youth who have been named in juvenile petitions and are currently being detained at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.With efforts to release inmates from Cook County Jail under way, Cook County officials have ramped up their efforts to address a younger at-risk population: detained juveniles. Peter Parry, deputy public defender for countrywide operations, confirmed to the Tribune that hearings have been scheduled this week for 100 of the roughly 150 youth who have been named in juvenile petitions and are currently being detained at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Hearings start on releasing some youths from Cook County juvenile detention over COVID-19 fears - Chicago Tribune

"All it takes is a single person coming into or going out of the jail or prison with COVID-19, and the entire jail will likely be infected" says SF DA Boudin. The pandemic is not just bad news for inmates — but a major public health risk to everyone. "All it takes is a single person coming into or going out of the jail or prison with COVID-19, and the entire jail will likely be infected" says SF DA Boudin. The pandemic is not just bad news for inmates — but a major public health risk to everyone.

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin Says COVID-19 Won’t End Without Criminal Justice Reform

It’s the most important issue the Murphy administration has led the way on, aside from free testing.

N.J. will release prisoners to save lives | Editorial - nj.com

We have the tools to deal with this impending calamity of COVID-19 in Massachusetts prisons. We only need the political will.We have the tools to deal with this impending calamity of COVID-19 in Massachusetts prisons. We only need the political will.

Compassionate release now for prisoners vulnerable to the coronavirus - The Boston Globe

“Coronavirus: Inmates could be freed to ease virus pressure on jails - BBC News https://t.co/8uKydYvXrB”

Prof David Wilson on Twitter: "Coronavirus: Inmates could be freed to ease virus pressure on jails - BBC News https://t.co/8uKydYvXrB"

““At least 1,700 jail inmates have been released from custody in Los Angeles County over fears of the spreading coronavirus” https://t.co/vM4RtHWieT”

Clint Smith on Twitter: "“At least 1,700 jail inmates have been released from custody in Los Angeles County over fears of the spreading coronavirus” https://t.co/vM4RtHWieT"

“The Prison Service has reduced the number of prison visits and the length of time visitors can see inmates as part of its response to the coronavirus.”

Fergal Bowers on Twitter: "The Prison Service has reduced the number of prison visits and the length of time visitors can see inmates as part of its response to the coronavirus."

“Jails are releasing inmates. Fearing coronavirus spread😳.. And they wonder why Gun Sales are going up?...”

Kenny Wallace on Twitter: "Jails are releasing inmates. Fearing coronavirus spread😳.. And they wonder why Gun Sales are going up?...… "

Health experts are concerned about the possibility of devastating coronavirus outbreaks inside America's jails and prisons. Are drastic steps needed to prevent the virus from wreaking havoc behind bars?Health experts are concerned about the possibility of devastating coronavirus outbreaks inside America's jails and prisons. Are drastic steps needed to prevent the virus from wreaking havoc behind bars?

Should prisoners be freed to stop outbreaks behind bars?

Separately, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Tuesday reported a third employee had tested positive for the virus at the California Institution for Men prison in Chino.

Inmate at Orange County jail tests positive for coronavirus – Orange County Register

There is one less employee with the Shelby County Sheriffs Department on the job right now.There is one less employee with the Shelby County Sheriffs Department on the job right now.

Changes made after Shelby County Jail employee tests positive for coronavirus

There is one less employee with the Shelby County Sheriffs Department on the job right now.

Changes made after Shelby County Jail employee tests positive for coronavirus

This peril is immediate and pressing. There are 2.2 million Americans locked up at any one time, but over 11 million go through prison or jail gates in any one year.This peril is immediate and pressing. There are 2.2 million Americans locked up at any one time, but over 11 million go through prison or jail gates in any one year.

Release many behind bars to slow virus’ spread - Chicago Sun-Times

Some inmates inside county jails across Metro Detroit are being considered for early release because of the coronavirus pandemic.Some inmates inside county jails across Metro Detroit are being considered for early release because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Metro Detroit county jails reviewing cases to see which inmates could be released amid coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Jails and prisons will inevitably prolong the COVID–19 outbreak and increase the rate of infection. Any rational response to the crisis must include a coordinated national effort to get as many people out of jail as possible — fast.

Empty the Jails Now

Pennsylvania's state corrections officers' union wants the state prison system to stop all transfers of inmates as a preventative measure against potential spread of the new coronavirus from one institution to another.Pennsylvania's state corrections officers' union wants the state prison system to stop all transfers of inmates as a preventative measure against potential spread of the new coronavirus from one institution to another.

Pennsylvania corrections officers push state to stop inmate transfers

The Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff's Department is working to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading into the county's jail. Working through the judges, more than 100 non-violent inmates have been released from the county jail. They identified inmates who are considered high-risk starting last week. Inmates who were due to finish their sentence this month were released early. Weekenders were also released because they are considered a risk of bringing the virus into the jail.The Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff's Department is working to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading into the county's jail. Working through the judges, more than 100 non-violent inmates have been released from the county jail. They identified inmates who are considered high-risk starting last week. Inmates who were due to finish their sentence this month were released early. Weekenders were also released because they are considered a risk of bringing the virus into the jail.

More than 100 non-violent inmates released in Washington County, Tennessee | WCYB

More than 100 non-violent inmates released in Washington County, Tennessee