The COVID-19 global pandemic has created unprecedented circumstances in our communities. As society continues to adjust to self-isolation and quarantine, we can only hope that life as we knew it returns to "normal" as soon as possible. While social distancing and isolation have become our new daily routine, it is something that is impossible for people incarcerated in Ohio's prisons and jails. While so many of us are concerned with keeping ourselves, our families, and our communities healthy, many Ohio inmates are being forgotten about. What was once a six-month or one-year sentence could now be a death sentence for some inmates.
On April 7, Governor DeWine announced his plan going forward to decrease the prison population in light of the Coronavirus. In noting the difficulty of social distancing for both inmates and staff the Governor announced a plan to release two classes of inmates. The first class is for individuals whose sentence is set to expire within the next 90 days. With respect to these individuals, the Governor has screened out (meaning deemed ineligible) individuals convicted of domestic violence, kidnapping, abduction, homicide-related charges, making terroristic threats, ethnic intimidation, and sexually oriented offenses.