Berks County Jail

BERN TWP., Pa. - The Berks County Jail is releasing some of its non-violent inmates in hopes of preventing a coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

As of Thursday, between 50 and 60 inmates have been released from the jail in Bern Township, according to District Attorney John Adams.

Those inmates, none of whom are violent offenders, had already served their minimum sentence and were eligible for parole in one way or another, Adams said.

Of the released inmates, two dozen had been incarcerated for domestic relations violations, i.e. failure to pay child support, Adams said.

The move to release inmates, Adams added, was done to ensure the jail has enough space for the assessment and quarantine of new arrivals and to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of all inmates and staff.

As of Thursday afternoon's update from Pennsylvania health officials, Berks County still had only one positive case of the coronavirus.

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