Portion of Inmates Released from Winona County Jail

Portion of Inmates Released from Winona County Jail Click to Enlarge

(KWNO) A select group of non-violent offenders has been released from the Winona County Jail to try and prevent an outbreak COVID-19.

In a conference call, Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman says at least 10 inmates, convicted of non-targeted, non-violent crimes have been granted early release. Inmates awaiting trial for felonies, such as murder and sexual assaults will not be granted an early release.

Sonneman called it common sense to follow health guidelines and to protect the safety of jail staff and law enforcement.

Sonneman and her staff broke Winona County inmates into three categories. The first being inmates accused or convicted of non-target misdemeanors, the second group could have their release argued in court with the court deciding on release and the third group being deemed ineligible for early release.

The County Attorney and her staff put conditions in place for released inmates such as electronic monitoring, GPS tracking and forbidding some from carrying and owning firearms. Other considerations such as whether or not an inmate is a flight risk, are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Other conditions include inmates appearing for court dates and frequently checking in with their probation officers.

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