Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Release More Jail Inmates To Fight The Coronavirus? Sheriffs Differ.

5dcdafb5c92b3500089d3813-eight.jpg
LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today during our fall member drive.

If you ask your local sheriff whether he thinks it's a good idea to release more non-violent inmates to fight the spread of COVID-19 in his jails, the answer you get will depend on where you live.

The sheriffs in Los Angeles and Orange counties largely embraced the idea. The sheriffs in Riverside and San Bernardino counties rejected it.

"We had to think big and be a little bold" in addressing L.A.'s overcrowded jails, said L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

Support for LAist comes from

"If you don't want to catch this virus while you're in custody, don't break the law," Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco told us.

READ OUR FULL REPORT:

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our nonprofit public service journalism: Donate now.