According to the California Department of Corrections, the state will release up to 18,000 prisoners by the end of August to help “slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Officials claim that this will help protect the “health and safety of the incarcerated population.”
“These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff,” Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz said in a news release. “We aim to implement these decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety.”
From the Washington Examiner:
An estimated 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by the end of August, in addition to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 inmates since Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in March, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) said.
The CDCR says its previous “pandemic emergency decompression efforts” have reduced inmate populations system-wide by approximately 10,000 people already, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within its facilities.
According to the CDCR, of the state’s approximate 115,000 inmates, roughly 2,400 prisoners have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 31 prisoners have died from COVID-19 related illnesses – accounting for roughly 2 percent and 0.026 percent, respectively, of the inmate population.
Maybe they are making room for the people they are going to arrest for singing in church. The recent decree from Newsom forbids parishioners from singing or they could be fined, arrested, or both.
Meanwhile in New York Governor Cuomo said that he doesn’t like to see people having fun and if people continue to eat outside, “we’re going to have additional regulations on that.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 16, 2020
How dare you have fun, smile, and support local business. Let that be a lesson to all of you, if you have fun you will be restricted.