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California to release 3,500 non-violent prison inmates due to COVID-19

LOS ANGELES - The prison system in the largest US state of California plans to release about 3,500 non-violent inmates early to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 illness, officials said Tuesday.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) said the first group of inmates released will be those with less then 30 days to serve, followed by those with fewer than 60 days of their sentences left.

Other US jurisdictions, including the state of New Jersey and some cities, have announced similar measures. US Attorney General Bill Barr last week said he told federal prisons to free some inmates to lessen the impact of the pandemic, with possibly 2,000 inmates eligible.

Authorities said the early releases will increase both capacity and physical space at the state's prisons where 22 employees and four inmates have tested positive for the virus.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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