California Prisons Contend with Another Surge in Coronavirus Infections

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An armed California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer stands guard at San Quentin State Prison on August 15, 2016. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

COVID-19 cases are rising again in California's state prisons with over 3,600 active cases reported as of Sunday. Early releases, done to ease crowding, have slowed and prisons remain overcrowded systemwide. Positive cases among prison staff are also of concern and some staff are failing to comply with personal protective equipment protocols. Meanwhile, county jails continue to struggle with a backlog of inmates awaiting transfers to state prisons. This latest surge prompted California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials to again stop transfers as of last Thursday. After coming under fire for the poor handling of previous outbreaks, critics now say CDCR has been too slow to learn from past mistakes. We'll discuss the latest news.


Anita Chabria, reporter, Los Angeles Times