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Authorities Ready To Release Some Non-Violent Inmates From Tucson Jail

Prosecutors and public defenders are working to release an unknown number of nonviolent inmates from the county jail in Tucson to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The office of Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall is now examining a list of 139 felony inmates who public defenders say should be released.

Officials say more than 400 COVID-19 known cases and five deaths have been reported in Arizona.

No confirmed cases have been reported in jails and prisons.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone has raised the possibility of temporarily suspending the sentences of nonviolent misdemeanor inmates who are allowed to leave jail to go to work.

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