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County jail population reduced in face of pandemic

Public Defender Ricardo D. García announced a collaboration among justice partners, Tuesday, that safely reduced the risk of mass exposure of the virus in county jails LA County jail population reduced by 3,500 inmates to slow

Public Defender Ricardo D. García announced a collaboration among justice partners, Tuesday, that safely reduced the risk of mass exposure of the virus in county jails

LA County jail population reduced by 3,500 inmates to slow spread of COVID-19

LOS ANGELES (MNS) – The County’s incarcerated population has been reduced significantly to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Public Defender Ricardo D. García announced a collaboration among justice partners, Tuesday, that safely reduced the risk of mass exposure of the virus in county jails. The releases take public safety into consideration as a priority.

Garcia said that the action is a matter of life and death, during the LA County daily press briefing.

Public Defender Ricardo D. García

“As we think of the extraordinary precautions we are all taking, physical distancing, wearing masks, and constantly washing our hands, and remaining at home, we must remember that right now thousands of people are trapped in close quarters with no ability to take these basic precautions in order to protect themselves,” Garcia said. “Our mothers, fathers, grandparents and children in custody are as afraid of COVID-19 as any of us.”

Many of 3,500 individuals were pretrial and presumed innocent, Garcia explained, adding that he is working with justice partners to continue to reduce the number of people in jails to slow the spread of the deadly virus.

Other justice matters discussed:

The public defender is working with justice partners to seek opportunities to decrease numbers in the juvenile camps and the halls that would allow for social distancing and allow youth eligible for release the ability to receive services safely in their homes and communities.

The public defender’s Immigration Unit is also working with communities throughout the county to protect the rights of justice-involved individuals regardless of their legal status. The P.D.’s Immigration Unit can be reached at (213) 974-0572 or toll free at (833) 974-3003.

Metropolis News Service.

 

 

 

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