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California Increases Early Inmate Release Estimate Amid Coronavirus Uptick

California Increases Early Inmate Release Estimate Amid Coronavirus Uptick
 San Quentin State Prison on July 08, 2020 in San Quentin, California. Over 1,400 inmates and staff at San Quentin State Prison have become infected with COVID-19.( Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 06 August 2020 07:11 PM

California prison officials say as many as 17,600 inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up, the Associated Press reported.

Corrections officials plan to release 11,500 inmates by the end of August, the AP reported.

The releases also are raising concerns among probation officers and community organizations trying to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious.

So far 51 inmates have died and there have been more than 8,400 cases among prisoners. California has released nearly 300 inmates with active infections, the Associated Press reported.

“It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we’re doing this in the midst of a pandemic,” Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials, told the news agency.

Among those released was Terebea Williams, 44, who served 19 years of an 84 years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder, carjacking and kidnapping of Kevin "John" Ruska in 1998.

“Why is an inmate’s rights more important than a victim’s?” his outraged sister, Dena Love, told the AP.

California Police Chiefs Association President Eric Nuñez told the news agency he understands the urgency of reducing the prison population but is alarmed by the release of some violent criminals “without a consideration for the larger impact on public safety.” 

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