KUSI contributor Mark Larson discusses Newsom’s decision to release 8,000 prisoners

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California plans to release another 2,100 inmates and in total will release more than 10,000 state inmates early in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In all, California’s efforts could free 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.

KUSI Contributor Mark Larson discussed the decision on KUSI News.

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Gavin Newsom Release The Prisoners Sign

Two women hold up a banner before the start of a news conference urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to release prisoners Thursday, July 9, 2020, in San Quentin, Calif. A group of legislators, advocates, academics, and public health officials gathered at San Quentin State Prison to discuss a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility that has sickened more than 1,400 inmates with six deaths. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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