Hennepin County Attorney announces steps to release 'some accused individuals' from jails amid COVID-19 outbreak
Monday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced "necessary next steps" in releasing some inmates housed in Hennepin County jails amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Freeman said he has spoken with public defenders, as well as coordinating law enforcement agencies, about releasing some individuals.
"Our primary responsibility is public safety and providing justice for the victims of crimes in our county," Freeman said in a statement. "There are individuals who appear to have committed less serious crimes and are not likely to be a threat to public safety."
Freeman asked that public defenders present a list of potential individuals who would be eligible for a new bail hearing by Tuesday morning.