‘People are terrified’: a coronavirus surge across California’s prisons renews calls for releases

More than 32,000 people in the overcrowded system have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began

Nine months since the emergence of the coronavirus, every one of California’s 35 state prisons is battling cases, a grim milestone in the state’s epidemic.

California’s prison system has seen a system-wide rise in Covid-19 infections in past weeks, paralleling the intense recent surge in coronavirus cases across the state. Almost 9,500 people in the state’s prisons have Covid-19, with most of the state’s facilities facing over 100 infections.

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