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[Original Publish Date: 03/18/20]
TAVARES, Florida — Lake Legal News is the first to report that in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, numerous non-violent inmates are expected to be released from the Lake County Jail Wednesday, said Lake County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Jones. “This order came down from Chief Judge Heidi Davis,” said LCSO Lt. John Herrell. According to Herrell, “[Judge] Davis conducted an administrative review along with the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Clerk of the Courts Office, and Sheriff’s Office concerning non-violent inmates incarcerated for misdemeanor cases. The purpose of this review was to consider which inmates could be released on their own recognizance in an effort to limit interactions in the courthouse and lower the jail population somewhat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“There will be 45 non-violent inmates released,” Jones said.
The inmates will be released on their own recognizance (ROR) and given a court date for a later time, Jones said.
This is a developing story.
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