To prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in prisons, the Governor of California Gavin Newsom ordered the release of 8 thousand prisoners, reports “Interfax”.
“This is to ensure the health and safety of prisoners and staff,” reads the statement of the Secretary of the California Department of corrections and rehabilitation Ralph Diaz. It also said: “We aim to implement these measures in a way that is consistent with how public health and public safety.”
The order applies to prisoners who have to serve a sentence of less than one year, and prohibits early release of persons serving sentences for crimes related to domestic violence or other violent crimes, or those whom the authorities believe is dangerous.
As noted in the statement of Diaz as a result of the measures taken against the spread COVID-19 March, the prison population already has been reduced by approximately 10 thousand people in the state.
On the eve of the United States had a record growth in the number infected with the coronavirus knock over 66 thousand, According to the American Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic COVID-19 exceeded 3.2 million, the number of victims of the infection is approaching 135 thousand.