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27Mar

Clark County Jail Releases Nearly 200 Inmates Due to COVID-19

CLARK COUNTY, WA —

Criminal justice officials met last week to discuss ways to reduce the Clark County Jail population in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. By Friday, there were nearly 200 fewer inmates in the facility.

The jail population went from 601 on March 17 to 417 three days later, according to numbers provided by Chief Corrections Deputy Ric Bishop.

Officials said they are working to reduce the jail population while balancing public safety concerns.

“The current unprecedented public health crisis has required us to take proactive measures to ensure that the county jail is able to safely hold people who pose a public safety risk to our community,” Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said.

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By: Jerzy ShedlockPublished:  Columbian
Link: https://www.columbian.com/news/2020/mar/25/clark-county-jail-releases-nearly-200-inmates-due-to-covid-19/

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