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Crime Harris County to release about 1,000 'non-violent' inmates, calling jail a 'ticking time bomb'

00:20  01 april  2020
00:20  01 april  2020 Source:   khou.com

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File photo of inmates at the Harris County Jail in Houston in 2006. © Melissa Phillip/AP Photo File photo of inmates at the Harris County Jail in Houston in 2006. Calling the Harris County Jail a "ticking time bomb," County Judge Lina Hidalgo said about 1,000 "non-violent" inmates will be released. 

Hidalgo said this drastic action is necessary so they can practice social distancing to stop help stop the spread of coronavirus inside the jail. 

One Harris County inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.

"New cases will spread like wildfire if we don't take quick action," Hidalgo said Tuesday.

She will issue a new order releasing defendants in non-violent cases unless they've already been convicted. 

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Hidalgo stressed no one accused of violent crimes -- or who has a history of violence -- will be released.

The defendants who are released will be monitored.

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Hidalgo is also extending the “Stay at Home” order through April 30, citing an “alarming acceleration” of COVID-19 cases in the county.

She said expert predictions expect the case count to increase at least through April and local hospitals are already feeling the strain.

“Texas Medical Center hospital leaders unanimously advise us that our efforts to drastically reduce the number of public gatherings and activities remain critically important,” Hidalgo said.

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Other jails in the area have also been releasing similar types of inmates — those convicted of non - violent crimes with less time left on their sentences. But Norfolk has released the most, by far. The Chesapeake sheriff has released the second highest number — 38 inmates .

Harris County has 254 cases -- as of Monday -- and two deaths. At least 39 county residents have recovered.

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HPD chief addresses inmates released over COVID-19Just last week, Harris County ordered and then was stopped from releasing non-violent inmates from its jail. As of Tuesday, Harris County Jail has had at least three inmates test positive for COVID-19, as well as dozens of others under quarantine.

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