State Releases Inmates to Stop ‘Overcrowding’

By Breitbart. California’s coronavirus policy has reached a point of contradiction: the state is releasing inmates from its jails to prevent the spread of coronavirus in close quarters, while at the same time moving homeless people to recreation centers in residential areas.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

More California counties are releasing inmates to protect their jails againstpossible coronavirus outbreaks.

In Alameda County, officials announced 247 people were being released from the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. San Diego County officials have announced similar moves, as have San Francisco, San Mateo and other counties.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has reduced its inmate population by 6% in the last three weeks and Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey said her office would consider reducing bail for thousands of nonviolent offenders.

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State Prison Inmate in Lancaster, 2 Prison Employees in Chino Test Positive for Coronavirus

By Daily Bulletin. A man incarcerated at a state prison in Lancaster and five employees at corrections facilities in Chino, Sacramento and Folsom had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Sunday, March 22, prison officials said.

The Lancaster case is the first to be reported among inmates in California’s prison system.

The first three confirmed cases of the virus in the prison system involved two employees at the California Institution for Men in Chino and another at California State Prison, Sacramento, officials for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation wrote in a statement issued Saturday, March 21.

The agency reported Sunday that an additional employee in Sacramento, one other at Folsom State Prison, and an inmate at California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster had also contracted COVID-19. (Read more from “State Prison Inmate in Lancaster, 2 Prison Employees in Chino Test Positive for Coronavirus” HERE)

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