From West Hawaii Today:

Jillian Snider, director of Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties Policy at R Street Institute, said that in municipal, state and federal lockups nationwide, “approximately 400,000 prisoners have contracted the virus, and over 2,500 have died as a result.”

“Many inmates suffer from various health ailments, making them especially vulnerable to COVID-19 complications,” Snider said, adding Schatz’s bill, if passed into law, would create “a smart, safe and effective process that removes some of the challenges currently associated with being granted a compassionate release.”

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