California’s prison population drops amid coronavirus pandemic
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In response to the coronavirus pandemic California’s efforts has freed nearly 10% of prisoners as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure from advocates, lawmakers and federal judges.
His latest effort will soon free about 2,100 inmates by granting most a one-time three-month credit. It follows other measures that are expected to quickly lead to the release of about 8,300 inmates six months before they normally would have been paroled.
The 12-week credit applies to every inmate except those who are on death row, serving life-without-parole, or who have a serious recent rules violation.
Tom Del Beccaro, author and political contributor, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the population drop of California jails and prisons.