Citing coronavirus, California may release up to 18,000 prisoners by the end of August

Citing coronavirus, California may release up to 18,000 prisoners by the end of August

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JUST THE NEWS: The state of California may see as many as 18,000 inmates released by the end of August in an effort to decrease prison population density and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations announced on Friday that “up to 8,000 currently incarcerated persons could be eligible for release by end of August” under new measures promulgated this week. 

Those releases would come after the state’s earlier “pandemic emergency decompression efforts” have released roughly 10,000 inmates already, measures CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz said were undertaken “to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff.” MORE HERE

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