Prisons are, for the most part, a fairly closed system. People come in and stay there for months or years at a time. Further, they’re in fairly cramped conditions that are downright miserable. To be fair, that’s a feature, not a bug. It’s a prison, not a vacation.
However, that kind of environment is not a great place to keep a deadly virus at bay.
Considering the pressure many officials were under, it’s not surprising that they opted to release some inmates back into the wild. The problem is, there are some who have been released due to COVID-19 that may not have any business on our streets.