KENTUCKY (FOX 56/WKYT) – A report shows nearly half of the inmates released by Gov. Beshear last year are facing new charges.

They were released by executive order in the spring of 2020 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails.

About 48% of them ended up committing another crime and one-third committed felonies.

Beshear says it was reasonable to let those inmates out at the time. None of them were convicted of violent or sexual crimes.

Individuals Released Per Executive Commutation And Subsequent Criminal Cases (Kentucky Department of Information and Technology Services, Research and Statistics)