Calif. prisons to release up to 3,500 inmates as coronavirus spreads

Calif. prisons to release up to 3,500 inmates as coronavirus spreads
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[Ed. – Brilliant. It’s worked great so far in states that have tried it.]

California is granting early release to 3,500 inmates in an effort to reduce crowding as coronavirus infections begin spreading through the state prison system.

Lawyers for Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday told a panel of federal judges the state is taking “extraordinary and unprecedented protective measures” to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who live and work within California’s 35 prisons. The accelerated prison discharges — affecting inmates due to be released over the next 60 days — come in the face of pressure to do much more.

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