CDCR announces plan to further protect staff, inmates in state prisons

Posted at 5:55 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 20:55:16-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is implementing additional precautions to protect staff and inmates at the state's institutions.

CDCR's plan includes the following:

  • expediting the transitions to parole for eligible inmates
  • making more use of the states private and public Community Correctional Facilities

These new measures build on many others already taken to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to all who work and live in the state prison system.

Those measures include:

  • Mandatory verbal and temperature screenings for staff
  • Suspension of intake from county jails
  • Suspension of visitations
  • No access by volunteers and rehabilitation program providers
  • Increased physical distancing
  • Commitment to increased hygienic practices
  • Comprehensive health care guidelines

As of March 30, 22 employees and four inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Check here for updated information.