Here they come, people you’d rather not have as your neighbors, and they are coming to neighborhoods across Riverside County.
They are people who have been inmates in California State Prisons. 330 inmates, now being released from their state prison sentences early, under California’s new Early Release Program, are heading to Riverside County.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the release is to slow the spread of Covid-19 in state prisons.
Now it’s up to the Riverside County Probation Department to make sure these inmates don’t commit more crimes similar to what landed them in prison in the first place.
The way it’s supposed to work is that the inmates will report to local probation offices, which probation officers will begin county supervision, and even arrange for housing, jobs, and health insurance for the inmates.
The 330 inmates arriving in Riverside County had been scheduled to arrive within the next 6 months, but instead are coming all at once, due to Covid-19.
Riverside County Chief Probation Officer Ronald L. Miller says “our department is ready to manage the influx of new clients”.
They are not sex offenders, and are not serving time for so-called violent crimes.
They will be tested for COVID-19 prior to their release.
As of July 28th 2020, there were 1,465 inmates actively fighting COVID-19 in California prisons, and 47 inmate deaths reported by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Since March 2020, 7,739 California inmates and 1,665 prison guards and staff, have tested positive for Covid-19.
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