|52 inmates released early from Colorado prisons as officials try to create space in case of coronavirus outbreaks|
|By greeleytribune.com- Elise Schmelzer|
Fifty-two Colorado prisoners were granted early release last week and hundreds more could be eligible as the state’s prison system creates more space to better prevent and treat the coronavirus.
The release of the inmates is the result of a March 25 executive order by Gov. Jared Polis relaxing policy at the Colorado Department of Corrections. The move gave the corrections department more flexibility to manage the number of people incarcerated. Many of those released will be placed onto parole. The order also allowed Dean Williams, corrections executive director, to halt the intake of newly-sentenced inmates from county jails.
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