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Beshear Considers Releasing More Kentucky Inmates As COVID-19 Cases Increase

Another 700 Kentucky inmates are currently being screened to see if they qualify for certain criteria that would qualify their sentences to be commuted by Governor Beshear.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 3:56 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2020 7:46 AM

Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet J. Michael Brown says that Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is considering commuting the sentences of more offenders who are at least 65 years old and near the end of their sentences as COVID-19 cases increase in Kentucky’s correctional facilities.

On Wednesday, Brown announced that 700 more inmates are currently being screened to see if they qualify for release. According to Secretary Brown, 1,200 Kentucky inmates have been released amid the COVID-19 pandemic so far.

“We have released right at 1,200 inmates from our previous round of commutations and I can report that as of today, we are currently in the final stages of screening another 700 inmates to see if they qualify under those previous criteria for release," Secretary Brown said on Wednesday.

There are currently 379 active inmate cases and 53 active staff cases in Kentucky correctional facilities. 432 inmates have recovered and 69 staffers have recovered. In total, eight inmates have died due to complications from COVID-19.

The list of medically vulnerable inmates who could be considered for sentence commutation is still being compiled.

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