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7 CDCR Employees And 1 Inmate Test Positive For COVID-19

7 CDCR Employees And 1 Inmate Test Positive For COVID-19

The State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations reported yesterday one inmate and seven employees have tested positive for the coronavirus across the state. This has some calling for corrections officials to begin releasing some of the state’s 123,000 convicts early. Governor Newsom yesterday made it clear, that he has ruled out releasing violent inmates in response to the coronavirus pandemic, stating “I won’t use a crisis as an excuse to create another crisis.” The Governor also signed an executive order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in state prisons and juvenile facilities. It directs the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities. Those inmates and youth will remain in county custody for the next 30 days. CDCR officials say one inmate at the California State Prison Los Angeles County has tested positive for the virus while two employees at California State Prison Sacramento, Three employees at California Institute for Men, and one employee at Folsom State Prison have tested positive for COVID-19. An employee at the California Health Care Facility has also tested positive but there is no expected staff or inmate exposure from this case.

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