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Low-risk county jail inmates will be released from prison starting early Tuesday under an order from the New Jersey Supreme Court in response to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in those facilities.

The order—the result, reached Sunday night, of mediation among prosecutors and the public defender—will suspend or commute county jail sentences for low-risk inmates. Such sentences are currently being served either as a condition of probation for an indictable offense or because of a municipal court conviction, according to the announcement on Monday from Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

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Suzette Parmley

Suzette Parmley is the Trenton Correspondent who covers the N.J. Supreme Court, N.J. Legislature and Business of Law. She joined New Jersey Law Journal in Jan. 2019 from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she was the Atlantic City Gaming Writer, Trenton Statehouse Correspondent, and Retail Columnist/Reporter. A 5-time winner of the annual Business Financial Writing Portfolio Award from the New Jersey Press Association and graduate of the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Email: Sparmley@alm.com or follow on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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