Crime 1,700 Los Angeles inmates released in response to outbreak

06:25  25 march  2020
06:25  25 march  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

Cities in the US move to lower inmate populations as coronavirus fears grow

  Cities in the US move to lower inmate populations as coronavirus fears grow More than 200 inmates have been released from Cuyahoga County Jail in Ohio since Friday due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. © Tony Dejak/AP/File Inmates have been released from Cuyahoga County Jail over coronavirus concerns. Judges at Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court began holding expedited hearings to lower the number of inmates held at the county jail on Friday, the court told CNN.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff reversed his own decision Tuesday to order deputies to make sure gun shops were closed during the coronavirus crisis after the county's top lawyer said the shops could 1 , 700 Los Angeles inmates released in response to outbreak . CBS News.

inmates serving time for low-level offenses, which is believed the largest release in response to the virus. "When I was on that side of life and I found out about an outbreak , I would literally be shaking in my Texas, which includes Houston, is tasked with keeping more than 8, 700 inmates healthy. Harris County would be following the lead of New Jersey and Los Angeles County, where officials

Approximately 1,700 inmates have been released from Los Angeles County jails in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the local sheriff's office announced Tuesday, reducing the inmate population by 10%. So far, no one in the county's jail system has tested positive for COVID-19, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a news conference Tuesday.

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Villanueva said he doesn't anticipate any other large groups of inmates being released, but said his office has a plan to release inmates who may be sick to the care of the Department of Public Health. "We're not going to hold anybody back whether or not they're infected by the virus," he said, adding that his office typically transfers inmates with terminal illnesses. 

Los Angeles mayor orders residents to stay at home, businesses to close

  Los Angeles mayor orders residents to stay at home, businesses to close The mayor of Los Angeles and county officials on Thursday ordered all residents of America's second largest city to stay in their homes and "non-essential retail businesses" to close in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the orders would require the shuttering of all indoor shopping malls, playgrounds and other gathering places at least until the end of the month."We're taking this urgent action to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," Garcetti said at an afternoon news conference.

A group of 20 House Democrats led by Representative Ro Khanna of California released a letter on Monday calling for a nationwide shelter-in-place order to stem the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The letter represents one of the first calls by elected officials for nationwide measures to stem the outbreak .

In response to the crowds, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Twitter late Sunday that he was closing sports and recreation at all LA City Parks. He said people should heed the closures and stay home. "This weekend we saw too many people packing beaches, trails and parks," the mayor

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The sheriff's office will also release inmates who may not have a home to go back to after their release, Villanueva said, adding that about 4,500 of the 15,000 people in the county's jail system are homeless.

"For the homeless crowd, we're definitely going to try to find a place for them but we're not going to keep them in jail because they don't have a home," he added. "We have shelter spaces that have opened up now, the emergency operation center has been working very hard to generate that and I think we have 2,000 beds that have been established."

Coronavirus in NJ: Up to 1,000 inmates to be released from jails

  Coronavirus in NJ: Up to 1,000 inmates to be released from jails State Supreme Court Justice Stuart Rabner ordered release of certain inmates no later than 6 a.m. Tuesday.The order, which formalizes an agreement among the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office, state Attorney General’s Office, County Prosecutors Association and American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, calls for the release no later than 6 a.m. Tuesday of inmates who are serving county jail terms as a condition of probation or as a result of municipal court convictions.

Last Wednesday, for example, the sprawling Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Also included are emergency response workers, people involved in trade, government and diplomatic travel and the military. New York City released a small amount of inmates from city facilities later in the week.

NYC eyeing release of 200 more inmates amid coronavirus outbreak . The inmates considered for release will include prisoners with underlying health conditions, elderly people and those who have served most of their time, he said.

  • As coronavirus seeps into U.S. prisons, activists push for the release of vulnerable inmates

Last week, District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she instructed prosecutors to take steps to reduce the number of people in local jails and area courthouses in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, CBS Los Angeles reported

"I have asked my attorneys to consider the health risks in every decision they make," Lacey said. "I have directed them to consider ways to keep nonviolent felony and misdemeanor offenders out of our jails and courthouses during this pandemic."

Coronavirus Cases Inside Cook County Jail Soar Into Triple Digits .
Cook County Sheriff reports 167 detainees and 46 employees testing positive for coronavirus.As of Thursday, 167 detainees and 46 employees from the Cook County Sheriff's Office have tested positive for COVID-19. Eleven inmates are hospitalized.

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