Survey: Most oppose inmate releases related to COVID-19
Oregonians strongly oppose releasing inmates from jails and prisons to meet social-distancing guidelines because of COVID-19 in most cases, a new survey has found.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown already has announced she opposes the idea of general releases, which also is opposed by 68% of state residents, according to a DHM Research survey released Friday, April 24.
Although Brown has said she is open to considering them on a case-by-case basis, 56% also oppose releasing inmates because they are medically fragile. And Oregonians are split on whether to release inmates who have less than 12 months remaining on their terms or who are deemed low risk to the community.
The survey also found that Oregonians are reluctant to resume nonurgent medical treatments, even though Brown has said they can resume on May 1.
Brown ordered elective treatments postponed to create additional hospital capacity when COVID-19 began to spread in Oregon. Now that reported new cases are slowing down and the additional capacity is not needed, the governor announced last week that such treatments can resume next month.
But the survey found the typical Oregonian expects that it will take another two months before it is safe to go to the doctor's office for routine care, and three months to have surgery at a hospital.
That is the case, even though 3-in-10 Oregonians have had the treatment of an important health issue delayed because it is not considered essential during the outbreak, the survey found.
The survey also found the typical Oregonian believes it will take:
• Three months to go to a library, dine in a restaurant, or ride public transit.
• Four months to attend a family member's wedding, go to a shopping mall, attend a public meeting, or stay at a motel.
• Five and six months to travel on an airplane and attend a major sporting event.
The research was completed as a community service by DHM Research in partnership with the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. Both organizations are independent and nonpartisan. DHM Research is a Certified B Corporation and OVBC is an Oregon charitable nonprofit corporation.
You can find the results of this and related DHM Research surveys at dhmresearch.com/blog.
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