Citing COVID-19 concerns, Gov. Inslee halts jail-to-prison transfers

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Starting next week, inmates convicted of a felony will have to remain in their local jails for a time, rather than be transferred to state prisons.

Gov. Jay Inslee placed a two-week halt on jail-to-prison transfers, starting Monday, saying it will help the Department of Corrections better control the spread of COVID-19 among prisoners.

State law ordinarily requires offenders to be moved from jail to prison custody within 40 days of conviction. The governor’s order suspends that requirement until at least Nov. 5.