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MT Supreme Court asks jails to release non-violent prisoners

Posted at 3:06 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 17:37:20-04

The Montana Supreme Court is asking jails to release as many prisoners as they can, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Montana jails.

In a memo sent out Friday, Chief Justice Mike McGrath asked judges across the state to review jail rosters, and release non-violent offenders.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office announced last week it would be releasing non-violent offenders. There are now 146 inmates in the Missoula County Detention Center, down from 186 last Tuesday.

The Supreme Court is also offering guidelines local courtrooms, recommending video hearings, and pushing back trials to April 30.