Newsom Orders Release of 8,000 Inmates from State Prisons

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An aerial view San Quentin State Prison on July 08, 2020 in San Quentin, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Governor Newsom announced Friday that the state will release 8,000 people incarcerated in the state's prison system, including 700 in high-risk prisons like San Quentin and Folsom. The move came as Bay Area lawmakers and activists called on Governor Newsom to step in to reduce the prison population at San Quentin, where there have been more than 1300 cases of coronavirus and  at least seven COVID-related deaths.  We’ll get the latest on the situation.


Emile DeWeaver, fellow, Impact Justice; co-founder,

Kate Wolffe, reporter and weekend anchor, KQED News