Oregon Governor Kate Brown is considering commuting the sentences of as many as 400 prisoners in state detention centers as a precaution against coronaviruses, reports show.
The move would come as police in the state’s largest city, Portland, would have their hands full of nighttime riots and destruction for three consecutive months – with protests in other cities as well.
Prisoners being considered for early release would include those who are within two months of the end of their sentence – as well as a dozen inmates deemed “medically vulnerable” to the virus, OregonLive.com reported.
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“Given what we now know about the disease and its pervasiveness in our communities, there is a need to look at the people who may release people with significant health issues if they contract COVID-19,” he said. Brown writes to Colette Peters, administrator of the state penitentiary system. , according to OregonLive.com.
These detainees declared that an “unacceptable risk of safety, security or compliance to the community” would not be admissible, wrote the governor.
The governor has already commuted the sentences of 57 detainees, according to the report.
Those being considered for release must have exhibited good behavior within the past 12 months and cannot have been incarcerated for crimes against other people, Brown added in his letter to the State Department for Services. correctional.
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Brown, 60, a Democrat who has served as governor of Oregon since February 2015, has requested that a list of the names of eligible inmates be delivered to her office by September 18, the outlet reported.
So far, Oregon has seen three inmates die from the coronavirus among 634 confirmed cases. More than 500 inmates have recovered, OregonLive.com reported.
Corrections officers accounted for 177 cases of the virus, according to the report.