California to release 8000 prisoners to curb coronavirus spread

California to release 8000 prisoners to curb coronavirus spread
California has decided to release 8000 prisoners to curb the spread of coronavirus in its prisons, US authorities confirmed on Friday.

Governor Gavin Newsom has approved three initiatives to release 8000 prisoners by the end of August. The first initiative expands a previous effort to expedite the release of people with 180 or fewer days left on their sentences to include people serving time for serious felonies.

The second measure is an immediate review of cases of people with less than a year left to serve in eight prisons that have large populations at high risk of developing Covid-19 complications.

The measures mark the largest release efforts the state administration has taken since Covid-19 began to circulate among prison staff and incarcerated people.