San Quentin Ordered To Reduce Prison Population By 50%

The population of San Quentin state prison has been ordered to be reduced to less than half its capacity by a California appeals court.

The Associated Press reports that the court cited deliberate indifference to the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the prison population in its decision. Unless prison officials successfully appeal the decision, they will have to transfer or parole about half of the roughly 2,900 inmates currently at San Quentin.

In its ruling, the court referred to San Quentin’s coronavirus outbreak as the worst epidemiological disaster in California correctional history.