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Union County jail releasing non-violent offenders during coronavirus outbreak
Herald-Journal - 3/21/2020
Mar. 21--Some non-violent offenders have been released from Union County jail since the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor said a policy was implemented this past week to release these inmates due to the virus. The jail's capacity is 55 inmates, he said.
"We are getting them out as quickly as possible," Taylor said "Our plan is to keep the jail population down to keep from putting someone testing positive for the coronavirus in the jail."
Taylor said while there have been no coronavirus cases in Union County, the jail wants to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Union County Council declared a public health emergency on Friday, passing an emergency ordinance to provide guidance on how county government should proceed in case the virus becomes widespread.
Non-violent offenders housed at the Spartanburg County jail are not being released at this time due to the virus.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said the Sheriff's Office had received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union suggesting some inmates be released due to the virus.
"We are not following their suggestion," Wright said. "They are nuts. Until we hear from the governor we are not releasing anybody."
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