Vast California penal system failing to social distance inmates

Jails in California are not complying with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to social distance inmates while they are in custody or being transferred to court for hearings, putting them and others at risk of getting and spreading the coronavirus, according to a top state judicial official.

“I have received no assurance that the jails in California are practicing social distancing,” Judicial Council of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told the council in a public meeting phone call over the weekend. “I have received no assurance that when they transport inmates from the jail onto a bus and then onto our property and into the holding cells, basis of motion to courthouse, that they are practicing social distancing, nor
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