BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland has released 2,000 inmates from its jails, prisons and other detention facilities in the past five weeks in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus behind bars.
The Department of Public Safety reports 152 cases of COVID-19 in the correctional system, including more than 100 cases involving corrections officers.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.5K New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Down
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One inmate has died from the virus.READ MORE: Maryland Lawmakers Override Vetoes On Sweeping Police Reform Measures
On Saturday, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order to expedite the release of hundreds of inmates to slow the spread of COVID-19.MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash In White Marsh