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California may release 3,100 inmates in pandemic response

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Posted at 1:48 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 16:52:54-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California plans to release another 3,100 inmates and in total will release more than 10,000 state inmates early in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In all, California's efforts could free nearly 10% of prisoners as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure from advocates, lawmakers and federal judges. His latest effort will soon free about 3,100 inmates by granting most a one-time three-month credit.

It follows other measures that are expected to quickly lead to the release of about 7,000 inmates six months before they normally would have been paroled.

The 12-week credit applies to every inmate except those who are on death row, serving life-without-parole, or who have a serious recent rules violation.