Due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus across the country and around the world, officials in California are releasing more than 3,500 inmates in an attempt to curb the virus in the state.
With all jails and prisons being virtual breeding grounds for the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, non-violent offenders and those who have 60 days or less left to serve on their sentence will be released. Also, the state has blocked all transfers from the city and local facilities to state facilities, keeping 3,000 inmates out of the state’s prison system.
Other states have been adopting this strategy to try to flatten the curve, with NYC forced to let go of some of its prisoners after the number of infected inmates and staff in the NYC Dept. of Corrections hit triple digits.