‘Horribly botched.’ Lawmakers slam California prisons for ‘out-of-control’ COVID-19 infections
California lawmakers on Wednesday called the state prison system’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic a “fiasco” and criticized a “horribly botched transfer” of inmates to San Quentin that appears to have sparked the state’s most explosive outbreak.
The hearing before the Senate Committee on Public Safety focused on the escalating 1,131-inmate outbreak at San Quentin, but officials also warned of a dangerous feedback loop as the virus is carried into prisons — by inmates and employees — rapidly spreads, and infects workers who carry it back into the community.
“The plain fact is the virus is out of control at our state prison facilities and it is defying every curve we point to for progress,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.
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