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CDCR reports reduced populations at facilities statewide

The number of inmates now is down 21,696 from March
 Jail
Posted at 1:37 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 18:55:14-04

The California Department of Corrections is reporting a reduction of 21,696 inmates at its institutions over the last nearly seven months.

Over the summer, a plan to reduce thousands of inmates was announced in an effort to protect inmates from COVID-19.

As of Oct. 6, 1,602 active cases of COVID-19 were reported among CDCR inmates with 11 of those reportedly being at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.

A total of 963 CDCR employees also had active cases of the virus as of Tuesday, officials said.

There are currently 92,622 inmates housed at CDCR institutions statewide.

A CMC spokesperson did not have updated numbers available Thursday as to how many inmates have been released from the San Luis Obispo facility since the pandemic began, but did say 91 inmates were initially scheduled for release from there as part of the program.

CDCR says its increasing communications efforts this year to both staff and inmates regarding the importance of receiving an influenza vaccination during the pandemic.

The CMC reports a total of 302 COVID-19 cases among inmates since the pandemic began. There has been one inmate death there attributed to the virus.