‘Extraordinary measures’: Knox County judges take steps to cut jail population

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — People now arrested in Knox County for non-violent felonies and most lower-level crimes will be allowed to remain free as their cases are prosecuted — a new effort to reduce Knox County’s jail population amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Knox County’s Criminal Court and General Sessions Court judges signed an order Monday aimed at further cutting the population.

The order will remain in effect through April.

The county’s jail population already has been shrinking this month as police, prosecutors and defense attorneys try to lower the jail count to reduce the threat of the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. According to Monday’s order, the population is already down about 20 percent in less than two weeks.

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