US prison populations down 8% amid coronavirus outbreak
July 24, 2020
By DAMINI SHARMA and WEIHUA LI of The Marshall Project and DENISE LAVOIE and CLAUDIA LAUER of The Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Stephanie Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard she'd be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19.
It made her feel bad to leave when she had so few days left at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. She said she wasn't sick and there were no cases at the facility. But there were others still inside who could have used the reprieve.
"I would have helped someone who had nine or 10 months, som...