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(News Article): California Will Release Up To 8,000 Prisoners Due to Coronavirus
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July 11, 2020
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NPR KQED

 

THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

California Will Release Up To 8,000 Prisoners Due to Coronavirus

July 10, 20205:00 PM ET

BILL CHAPPELL

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A corrections officer stands guard in late June at San Quentin State Prison. More than a third of the inmates and staff at the prison in the San Francisco Bay Area have tested positive for the coronavirus. 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. Anyone who is eligible for release will be tested for the coronavirus within seven days of their return to society, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

California's state prison system currently reports 5,841 coronavirus cases among inmates — a rise of more than 860 cases in two weeks. Another 1,222 employees have also been infected. "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."

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. To be freed, prisoners must meet certain criteria — including that they are not incarcerated for domestic violence or other violent crime, and that they won't have to register as sex offenders.

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. San Quentin had not reported any cases in the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the prison now has 1,336 cases among people in custody. An additional 205 cases have been diagnosed among its employees.

Some inmates at San Quentin and the California Institution for Men in Chino will now be eligible for early release. The corrections department said it will look to release prisoners who meet its criteria, have a year or less remaining on their sentence, and are incarcerated at "institutions that house large populations of high-risk patients."

Folsom State Prison and five other facilities are also included in the plan. Inmates at the prisons who are age 30 and older and who meet the eligibility criteria "are immediately eligible for release," the agency said. Younger inmates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In addition to the pending releases, the corrections department said it has already reduced the population in its institutions by more than 10,000 inmates since mid-March.

 

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July 11, 2020
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What you are not reporting with another copy and paste article is that in the California prisons, the inmates were purposely giving the virus to each other, so this is exactly what would happen.  They have documented by video surveillance inmates actively coughing on each others faces, sharing a drink, in areas where large groups are in general population, and they are getting sick. They had this on our local news, being done at the Santa Clarita jail, well documented and they were going to charge those inmates for it. 

You think with this many sick in our worse prisons was not  done purposely?  while screams to defund police, and every so called non violent criminal has lawyers, and the ACLU demanding releases because of the age, conditions, and risk of dying from this in prison. The Los Angeles sheriff that houses and runs our jails forced to cut budgets drastically. They will be reduced in manpower as it is, this little act making each other sick, making a situation they could not handle.  We should not fall for it. 

Look at the numbers that are released now, and what they intend to release.   We have had mass jail releases before this and were a disaster.  These are not nice people, and limited to so called non-violent crimes, that includes white collar crimes, fraud, forgery, credit card crimes, car thefts, stealing, shop lifting, oh and did I mention drugs, drugs, and more drugs.  Lets not forget habitual drunk driving. 

They talk about Chino State Prison, many years ago Chino prison was a very low security prison, where someone went for minor non violent crimes, my friend used to be the welding shop instructor in the 60s and 70s. But Chino went from min security, to having to house some really bad people, and it got so bad, so dangerous, my friend had to resign after years. His welding shop trained inmates in welding, to get them certified as welders so they could leave to a real profession, but that all went away when the inmates were so dangerous, he didn't dare turn his back on them.  I can not imagine how bad it is now in 2020. 

We have young people today stupid enough to deny a virus exists, and have parties to try getting each other sick for fun, or just ignore everything, go on spring breaks, the beach, and party like it doesn't exist.  Who would be surprised to see hundreds or thousands of prison inmates, unafraid (or just stupid enough) to plot to infect each other, and use that as a ploy to be released?  That is exactly what they caught them doing in Santa Clarita.    

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