Release from Jail During COVID-19 / Coronavirus 

Information on Possible Release from Jail Due to COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic is causing the entire world to face shutdowns and closures of industries across the board, and the judicial system is no exception.

Pennsylvania Jail Release COVID-19Here in Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court filed an order that, until at least April 3, all courts are to be closed to the public. Only essential court functions will continue.

Some counties have declared a judicial emergency to last through April 14 and possibly even longer. This rare closure of the courts presents an unfortunate situation for those stuck in jails for non-violent offenses, and for those who are at a higher health risk due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

But there may be a way to help those stuck in jail during these hard times.

Who May be Able to Request Release from Jail?

During this crisis, many advocacy groups have urged judges in Pennsylvania to grant motions for the release of all people being held in jail for probation violations, those awaiting trial who have not posted bond, elderly inmates, and people with compromised immune systems.

The groups also recommend that people incarcerated for non-violent offenses or misdemeanors be released, along with people who have less than six months remaining in their sentences.

Getting these groups of inmates released can be propelled by the filing of motions for release, such as bond modification, bond reconsideration, or the reinstatement of bond.

Which Court Proceedings Are Still Being Held?

Although the Pennsylvania Courts have been shutdown during this crisis, judges are still available to listen to these motions to release inmates as the Supreme Court has ruled these motion hearings as “essential functions,” thus allowing these proceedings to continue through the closures.

It is essential that those who are incarcerated during this crisis be represented by counsel in order to file the proper motions to ensure a timely release. No one should be stuck sitting in jail, heightening the chances of exposure of COVID-19, when there are ways to have them released immediately.

Read more about what happens after an arrest during COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

How Can a Pennsylvania Criminal Attorney Help with Your Bond / Hearing / Jail Release?

The best way to get through these tough times is to be safe and secure in the comfort of your own home, and it is essential to get as many eligible inmates released from the jails as possible.

The Law Offices of Justin J. Ketchel are open and operating through this crisis in order to aid those inmates that should be released from the jails. We are here to work diligently to get as many eligible inmates released from the jail and back to their homes as possible.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime or is facing arraignment, a bond hearing, probation violations or is elderly or immunocompromised, or awaiting trial, call our law offices to get a free consultation about your case.

The Attorneys at Ketchel Law are here for you—our number one goal through this pandemic is to get you or your loved one released from jail. 



Attorney Ketchel is a dedicated defender of justice with the wisdom and tenacity it takes to protect your legal rights and fight for your freedom.

As an experienced and successful Pennsylvania criminal attorney, Attorney Ketchel works aggressively, yet carefully, to ensure that his clients receive the best possible outcome under the law.



We offer free legal consultations. Call us today to find out how we can help defend your rights.

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