Coronavirus Cases Surge at San Quentin Prison

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at 9:40 AM
An exterior view of San Quentin State Prison on June 21, 2020 in San Quentin, California. San Quentin State Prison is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 cases.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Quentin is home to a growing number of coronavirus cases following a botched transfer of inmates from a men's prison in Chino, which was previously reported as having the deadliest outbreak in California's prisons. San Quentin now has 337 cases of coronavirus as of Monday evening -- a jump from zero reported cases prior to the transfer in late May. To lawmakers and prisoner advocates, the outbreak at San Quentin was entirely preventable and the result of poor planning by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The department says while some inmates tested positive upon arrival to San Quentin, they had been tested and medically evaluated prior to the transfer. We'll discuss the latest news.

Guests:

Kate Wolffe, reporter and weekend anchor, KQED News

Marc Levine, assemblyman, District 10 which covers Marin County and Southern Sonoma County

Adnan Khan, co-founder and executive director, Re:Store Justice

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