California is about to release up to 8,000 prisoners this summer in an attempt to slow down the spread of Chinese virus pandemic.
On Friday, the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced it would release thousands of inmates to create extra space in prisons.
The new scheme, along with the approximately 10,000 California inmates who were released since mid-March.
The California corrections department is reviewing potential early releasees who have fewer than 180 days with a wake up on their prison sentences. Not eligible are prisoners sentenced for domestic violence, violent crimes, or sex offenders.
Up to 4,800 inmates could be eligible for the early release by the end of July, and as many as 8,000 prisoners might be freed by the end of August. There are over 110,000 inmates in California’s jail system.
Inmates who make the cut are mandated to be examined for virus pandemic within seven days of the launch of the program, so says the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz said. “We aim to implement these decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety.”
This plan was hatched after reports came out indicating that more than a 1/3 of the inmates at San Quentin State Prison tested positive for virus pandemic.
There are additionally about 20 inmates who tested positive for virus pandemic at the San Quentin State Prison and have gone on a hunger strike in recent weeks.
They’re protesting “dismal” living conditions during quarantine, sources inside the prison told NBC Bay Area. Yeah, but they’re in prison. Its not supposed to be comfortable.
California’s state prison system currently reports 5,841 virus pandemic instances amongst prisoners, which features a spike of over 860 instances within the final two weeks.
There are 52.4 virus pandemic instances per 1,000 prisoners in California, in comparison with 6.9 per 1,000 for the remainder of the state. There have been seven virus pandemic deaths in California’s prisons.
There have been additionally 1,222 jail system staff who’ve examined optimistic for the virus.
Beginning in late May, there have been 194 inmates from California Institution for Men in Chino transferred to different California prisons, including San Quentin.
The plan, which was alleged to relocate 700 inmates in total, but was stopped in June after it was discovered that 16 of the prisoners transferred tested positive for virus pandemic.
Throughout a press convention on Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said those prisoners “should not have been transferred” to the San Quentin State Prison.
“It has been incredibly frustrating,” Newsom said. “That decision created the chain of events that we are now addressing and dealing with. I’m not here to sugarcoat that, I’m not here to scapegoat that. All of us our now accountable to address this issue and doing so in a forthright manner.”
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