Hall Co. - The Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in collaboration with local court systems, has begun releasing “nonviolent” and older inmates in an effort to lessen the impact of the coronavirus pandemic within the Hall County Jail.
“Based on court system input, jail personnel began releasing approximately 200 inmates early last week, reducing the inmate population to roughly 500 over a week’s time,” the sheriff’s office said.
"Some of the 200 were released as a result of routine bond or time served.”
This involved identifying nonviolent misdemeanor offenders and inmates over the age of 60 who “didn’t pose a risk to the community.”
“While the effort helps prevent the spread of the virus to jail and court personnel, it’s also out of concern for the health of inmates who must remain in custody,” the sheriff’s office said.
Prior to the recent action, the Sheriff’s Office implemented the following measures at the jail:
• On-site visitation with inmates at the jail, including on-property video visitation, is canceled until further notice. Online video visitation remains available with information at https://www.hallcountysheriffsoffice.org/jail-division
• At judges’ discretion, keeping the number of people in the jail courtroom at one time to a minimum.
• Individuals being brought into the jail are screened based on the known symptoms.
• Placing added emphasis on cleaning and sanitizing areas where individuals enter the facility, including booking, lobby, employee entrance, courtroom and work release area.
• Employees following guidelines from the CDC to curb the spread of COVID-19.