The Minnesota Department of Corrections has released some prisoners to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in prison. Scott Cutcher is the chief public defender for district five. He says low-level offenders, with many as a part of work-release programs, are primarily the individuals who were released.

“It’s the non-violent offenders that are being released,” said Cutcher. “A lot of folks were saying all you’re doing is emptying out the jail and there’s going to be a big crime wave. That is not what is happening.”

Cutcher says in most of the state crimes such as DWIs have gone down but domestic violence cases have gone up since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.