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Old 03-24-2020, 03:44 PM
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Default 1,700 jail inmates in L.A. County released over coronavirus concerns, sheriff says

https://ktla.com/news/local-news/170...-sheriff-says/

March 24, 2020

At least 1,700 jail inmates have been released from custody in Los Angeles County over fears of the spreading coronavirus, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.
Villanueva told reporters during an afternoon conference call that none of the inmates released are considered a threat to the public. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was ruling out freeing any violent offenders.
The sheriff confirmed 1,700 inmates were released by late Monday. He said 30% of the roughly 15,000[extra 0 error] inmates in the county are considered homeless, another population health authorities have described as vulnerable to contracting and transmitting the virus.
Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported about 6% of the jail population had already been freed over a 3-week period.
Even while allowing for the release of inmates, Newsom expressed concern over what could happen if those same people end up without a home once they’re out.
Across California’s corrections facilities, one inmate and five employees have tested positive as of Monday,

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union penned a letter to state governors, federal officials and other leaders calling for the release of inmates identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as vulnerable to the virus.
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