Iowa officials cut prison, jail numbers as state's COVID-19 cases increase

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities are cutting the number of inmates in Iowa's prisons and jails amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Gov. Kim Reynolds' office said Monday the confirmed total has hit 105. Officials told The Des Moines Register that COVID-19 has yet to be confirmed in any Iowa prison or jail. But an ACLU spokeswoman says it poses a particular menace to the overcrowded facilities, where there's no ability to maintain social distance.

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The Iowa Corrections Department is expediting placement of about 700 prisoners who are approved for parole or work release. A judge has reduced terms for some Scott County inmates.