Lawmakers Question Prison Officials Over San Quentin Outbreak

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COVID-19 cases at San Quentin State Prison have increased to over 1200 according to CDCR. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Lawmakers Question Prison Officials Over San Quentin Outbreak

At a state Senate oversight hearing yesterday, lawmakers asked prison officials to take responsibility for the role they may have played in increased COVID-19 cases in the state’s prisons. State Senator Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, called for the oversight hearing in response to an outbreak at San Quentin State Prison.
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