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Pandemic Triggered Massive Decline In US Prison Population: Report

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More than 100,000 state and federal prisoners were released from custody between March and June as the coronavirus spread nationwide, according to analysis from a criminal justice organization.

The overall U.S. prison population declined by 8% over the course of those four months compared to the 2.2% decrease that occurred in the entirety of 2019, according to data compiled by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press. The decrease was mostly a result of prisons not accepting individuals from county jails to stop the virus from spreading and court closures, although some facilities did elect to release some prisoners early, The AP reported.

“I would have helped someone who had nine or 10 months, someone who absolutely needed it,” said Stephanie Parris, who was released weeks early from a two-year sentence at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, according to The AP. “There was a lady in there who was very elderly, and she has very bad health problems. I would have given my place to her.”

Rhode Island led the way in declining prison populations with a 32% decrease in prisoners. Connecticut was close behind with a 22% decrease, and North Dakota and West Virginia each saw an 18% decline in federal prisoners, The AP reported.

Rhode Island’s prison population declined by 771 prisoners, according to The AP, but just 71 were released due to coronavirus, Gov. Gina Raimondo said. Meanwhile, Connecticut’s prison population declined by 1,961 people, most of which are not due to early releases, according to The Middletown Press.

With less activity and people ordered to stay at home, states saw significant decreases in criminal arrests during the pandemic, according to The New York Times, a likely factor in prison population declines. For example, 2,734 people were arrested in Connecticut in April compared to the 6,196 who were arrested during April 2019, CT Mirror reported.

Courts across the country have been backed up with cases due to restrictions put into place to combat the spread of the virus, another factor in prisoner decreases according to The AP. Courts in Illinois, which saw its prison population decrease by nearly 5,000, are facing a “mountain” of cases, The Center Square reported.

At least 57,000 prisoners have had coronavirus, The AP reported. More than 650 have died from the virus.

As coronavirus spread rapidly across the world in March, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency. Meanwhile, the U.S. has experienced a recent surge in daily cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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