17 April 2020 – Jail population is decreased in response to the pandemic

Type of Intervention: Guidance
Sectors Involved: Corrections / Justice
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Special populations
Level of Jurisdiction: Virginia
Lead People/Agency: Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Sheriffs Association, Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Virginia Association of Regional Jails

Overview: Virginia Dramatically Decreases Jail Population Following Guidance from Governor Northam
Full details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/april/headline-856184-en.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: “We are facing an unprecedented public health emergency, which has required us to work collaboratively to develop unique solutions”