California to Release 3,500 Inmates to Curb Contagion of COVID-19 in Prisons

California To Release 3,500 Inmates To Curb Contagion Of COVID-19 In Prisons

Los Angeles – The state of California will soon provide 3,500 prisoners with early release as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the prison system, as cases increase in local jails.

This is reflected in documents presented by state attorneys on Tuesday, arguing that these “protection and unprecedented” measures were taken to try to stop the spread of the virus and protect inmates and prison workers.

In any case, the prisoners who will be released now are those who were to be released within the next two months.


So far, COVID-19 cases have been reported in 10 California jails, with 22 employees and four inmates affected by the new coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, state officials announced the cancellation of all visits to state prisons to prevent the spread of the disease to its prison population and prison staff.

The visitation ban was followed by the suspension of rehabilitation programs, the postponement of parole hearings until March 30, and the suspension of all out-of-state transfers for 30 days.

In addition, some county jails chose to release prisoners on minor offenses to decrease populations at their facilities.