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Operation Safe Release Update

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Report Shows 97 Percent of Detainees Held on Violent Offenses

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced today that as a result of Operation Safe Release, 97 percent of inmates at the county’s detention center are currently held on violent or dangerous offenses. The remaining three percent consist of individuals held on detainers, fugitive warrants or who are awaiting disposition in mental health court.

“My Office initiated Operation Safe Release on March 1, 2020 to responsibly reduce the jail population during the pandemic. Through our release efforts and collaboration with the courts and Office of the Public Defender, we were able to significantly lower the number of pretrial detainees held."

“Unfortunately, because crimes of a violent nature have continued even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the population at the detention center has increased from the 40 percent reduction experienced during the early summer.”

As of November 13, 2020, there were 745 inmates who remain in custody at the detention center, where the vast majority are charged with violent crimes, including over 200 charged with murder. Ongoing crime coupled with trial delays since the beginning of the pandemic has attributed to the rise in the number of inmates at the jail.

“We also continue to the monitor the conditions of the jail. In September, there was a mass testing at the facility in which we have been advised by the Department of Corrections (DOC) that there were no individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. According to DOC as of today, there are no inmates housed at the jail confirmed positive for COVID-19,” Braveboy said.

Under Operation Safe Release, each case is reviewed to determine the appropriate recommendation for release. The State’s Attorney’s Office will not recommend the release of defendants who pose a danger to any victims and/or the community at large. The goal is to ensure that we are protecting the residents of Prince George’s County while advocating for the health and safety of detainees in a fair and just manner.

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