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California jail watchdogs won’t keep track of COVID-19 cases in lockups. Activists want answers

Originally published by the Sacramento Bee.

A new article by the Sacramento Bee calls information on local jails and juvenile facilities a patchwork of black boxes” as California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) fails to report on COVID-19 cases in correctional facilities.

In the article:

This is critical information for us,” said Brian Goldstein, director of policy and development with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. We believe that the capacity exists right now… In the end, the BSCC needs to recognize that concerns about capacity must be weighed against the fact that there are 75,000 Californians in county facilities right now that we must protect.”

Goldstein and a consortium of advocacy groups on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to demand the community corrections board collect and publish the data.

Read the full article in the Sacramento Bee »

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