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Harry's Gang: Crisis brings jail use into focus

 

April 10, 2020



People in jail are at risk to get the coronavirus, simply due to the close confines of a jail and the ease the virus spreads. To avoid a catastrophe, some authorities propose that some inmates be released, and allowed to go home under close monitoring. Serious offenders won’t be let out (other precautions are being taken to protect them from the virus). It hasn’t happened here, yet. But it might.

This begs the question: What are these people doing in jail in the first place?

It’s no secret that America incarcerates more of its citizens than most other civilized countries. For some rea...



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