Florida’s inmate population is disproportionately old and unhealthy, making prisons especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Prison reform advocates want the state to release a small number of inmates who are in poor health or incapacitated and near the end of their sentence. They’d be subject to strict oversight.
It’s called conditional medical release. Other states are doing it. Illinois has released nearly 4,000 inmates. Pennsylvania released about 1,800.