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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dozens of demonstrators on Friday gathered outside the Cuyahoga County Justice Center and called on the county’s 34 Common Pleas Court judges to grant the early release of thousands of inmates housed in state prisons that have been devastated by outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.

Cuyahoga County Jail inmates banged on their cell windows as more than two dozen people pulled surgical face masks under their chin, grabbed a freshly wiped microphone and called on the judges to use what’s called judicial release to clear the prisons of inmates who have already served portions of their sentences.

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