GOVERNOR NORTHAM SAYS THAT VIRGINIA HAS REDUCED ITS JAIL OCCUPANCY BY 17 PERCENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The State of Virginia has reduced its jail population by 17 percent in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Governor Ralph Northam said Friday that the jail population in the state was 24,000 on April 7, down 17 percent from March 1. The state has also seen a 67 percent decline in the number of new commitments for misdemeanors. Northam said the reduction was achieved through various steps, including decreasing the number of low-risk offenders being held without bail in jails and using alternatives to jail such as home electronic monitoring.