DeWine considering early release for certain prisoners

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTRF) – As more inmates in Ohio test positive for COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine is considering taking additional precautions to prevent the spread.

The governor said they started with a list of people who are scheduled to be released in the next 90 days. The screened out people convicted of certain crimes, have been to prison before, those with serious prison rules violations, those with warrants and other criteria. That left them with 141 inmates who could be released early.

Another group of inmates was identified, age 60 and over who have a chronic health condition and have served more than half their sentence. This group was screened using similar criteria to the first group.

A total of 26 inmates met this criteria.

However, there are several factors that could disqualify an inmate, such as conviction of violent or sex-related crimes.

In those cases where there are specific victims, those victims must and should receive notice. They will be given the opportunity for their voices to be heard.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH)

” To be clear, we’re not asking that everyone who is scheduled to be released within 90 days be released early. We narrowed down the list by first looking at those who are set to be released within 90 days and then eliminated those convicted of serious charges such as: sex offenses, homicide-related offenses, kidnapping, abduction, ethnic intimidation, making terrorist threats, and domestic violence, said Gov. Dewine.

Gov. DeWine also announced an emergency rule that grants restaurants with an existing liquor license the authority to sell and deliver alcohol for at-home consumption.

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