California to Release Thousands of Prison Inmates Over COVID-19 Concerns

California to Release Thousands of Prison Inmates Over COVID-19 Concerns

Complex - Life·2020-04-01 10:16

California plans to prematurely release thousands of prisoners in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced the move Tuesday, stating it would expedite the transition to parole for up to 3,500 nonviolent inmates. Officials say the early releases—which will be granted over the next 60 days—will increase space within the facilities, which will allow for better social distancing practices. CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz said the decision was made to ensure the safety of its inmates as well as the prison staff. 

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