Over 16K US inmates have been released as coronavirus crisis has progressed

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As of Thursday, there have been more than 16,000 inmates released from prisons all over the United States due to the novel coronavirus. A total of approximately 16,622 inmates have been released — or are scheduled to be released shortly — due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The majority were being held on non-violent charges or were deemed to pose no immediate threat to society if released. With very few exceptions, jail inmates have yet to be convicted. They are usually awaiting trial. Prison inmates, on the other hand, have already been convicted and sentenced.

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