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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Braveboy's Statement Regarding Efforts to Reduce Possible Spread of Coronavirus in County Jail

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy released the following statement regarding efforts to reduce the possibility of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Department of Corrections:

“As everyone knows the coronavirus is seriously impacting our communities as well as others throughout the country and world. In light of this, drastic steps have been taken to curb the spread. It is also important that we take steps to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread among our jail population.

“The jail is a place that could present a breeding ground and further prolong this crisis. Therefore, my office is working with the public defender’s office to review release conditions for inmates.

“We will consider cases in which individuals are charged with low-level, nonviolent offences or have a short time left on their sentence. Our goal is to safely and judiciously reduce the inmate population considering the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus. While no cases of the virus have been confirmed at the jail, it is important that we work proactively.

“Together I am confident that we will contain this deadly disease. As State’s Attorney, my top priority is the security of every resident, including those housed in our jail. I will continue to implement common-sense strategies to promote safety and justice for all.

“I urge you to be safe and take care of yourselves and your families. Also, please look out for our seniors and those with disabilities.

“We are a strong county because we care about each other. I am confident that we will get through this and come out stronger together.”

State’s Attorney Braveboy will have a media availability to answer questions Wednesday, March 18, 2020 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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Contact: Denise Smith | Phone: 240-832-4970 | Email: dgsmith@co.pg.md.us

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