Virus Outbreak Empty Jails

The Palm Beach County Main Detention Center on Friday, June 4, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

It wasn't long after Matthew Reed shoplifted a $63 set of sheets from a Target in upstate New York that the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill.

Instead of serving a jail sentence, he stayed at home, his case deferred more than a year, as courts closed and jails nationwide dramatically reduced their populations to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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