California announced on Friday that 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by the end of August under new measures to reduce the prison population as the coronavirus continues to spread rampantly behind bars.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said that would create extra space needed for social distancing.
“This is absolutely critical for the health and safety of every Californian. Too many people are incarcerated for too long in facilities that spread poor health,” said Jay Jordan, Executive Director, Californians for Safety and Justice.
The state has already decompressed its inmate population by 10,000 since the start of the pandemic in March.