Bonta Releases Statement on Gov. Newsom's Action to Address COVID-19 Crisis in State Prisons

Friday, July 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on Gov. Newsom's Action to Address COVID-19 Crisis in State Prisons:

"Thank you Governor Newsom for your safe, humane, and public health and data-driven action making approximately 8,000 Californians eligible for release from the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  This is an important first step.

"As the deadly COVID-19 virus spreads through prisons like San Quentin, California must take action to stop this humanitarian crisis.

"Today’s action will prioritize the most vulnerable Californians including those in hospice and people with other high-risk conditions, as well as those who have less than 6 months left on their sentences.  Not only will this safe act of compassion protect Californians currently in custody, but it will also promote the health and safety of staff and the communities surrounding state prison facilities.

"And we can do more in California to build on this.

"We must also stop the direct transfer of Californians being released from prisons and jails into ICE custody. I will continue to fight to prevent Californians who have already earned their release from custody from being funneled into Trump’s detention and deportation machine.

Onward California — to a safer, healthier, fairer, more just and more humane future."