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Newsom, Becerra Ordered To Respond to Lawsuit About Jail Numbers

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The American Civil Liberties Union claims the state is risking the lives of incarcerated Californians during the pandemic, and is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra to reduce populations at jails and juvenile halls.

The state Supreme Court ruled that the state officials have until Tuesday to respond to the lawsuit.

A separate petition from the ACLU demands officials stop inmate transfers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The court did not act on that request.

“The most important thing that the state can do now is to ensure that more people are not put into those death traps,” said Jennifer Pasquarella, an attorney with the ACLU of Southern California.

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