California to release 8,000 more prison inmates due to coronavirus

California to release 8,000 more prison inmates due to coronavirus
Let my people go. Monarch, the last California Golden Bear in captivity, in photo ca. 1900. UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

[Ed. – Such a peculiar disease that necessitates closing churches, schools, and beaches, and releasing thousands from the prison population, while not prompting governments to ban mass protests.  You couldn’t plan or orchestrate a more socially disruptive pandemic.]

California will release up to 8,000 prisoners this summer in an effort to create more space and prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in prisons.

News of the plan comes after more than a third of the inmates and staff at the San Quentin State Prison in the San Francisco Bay Area tested positive for the coronavirus. …

More than half of the prisoners could be released this month. The corrections department says it’s reviewing the roster of prisoners who have fewer than 180 days left on their sentences; it anticipates roughly 4,800 people could be eligible for release by the end of July. …

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The outbreak at San Quentin has been blamed on a transfer of more than 100 prisoners from the California Institution for Men in Chino — another crowded prison that was already reporting hundreds of coronavirus cases. Many of those inmates had not been tested adequately before being moved, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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