Despite social distancing measures put in place throughout the state—the coronavirus continues to ravage through the California jail system putting both deputies and inmates’ health at risk.
Overcrowded prisons and jails have long been a problem in California, even before the pandemic hit the country. According to the ACLU, overcrowding can lead to an uptick in violence, a failure to provide adequate health care, and inhumane practices such as letting inmates sleep on the ground. This problem is exacerbated by the pandemic because there is no room for inmates to physically distance from one another.
Inmates Test Positive Cases for Coronavirus
In Riverside County alone at least 80 inmates and 55 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 with 2 reported fatalities. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco reports that the confirmed cases among employees have doubled while inmates who have tested positive with COVID-19 has multiplied by more than six in the last 10 days.
Six inmates in LA county jails have contracted coronavirus, and 19 others are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms. More than 400 inmates are under quarantine because of contact with someone who is infected, the Sheriff’s Department said.
On April 6th new emergency rules were temporarily adopted by the Judicial Council, including setting bail statewide at $0 for misdemeanors and lower-level felonies to “safely reduce jail populations” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state has also announced that it would let out 3,500 nonviolent inmates in the next 60 days with the courts suggesting that those in their last 30-60 days of their sentence should be considered for early release.
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