Coronavirus in jails and prisons

On Thursday, a group of more than two dozen professors from universities including Berkeley Law and the UC Irvine Law School, sent a letter to Los Angeles Times editor Norman Pearlstine, criticizing a May 17 story “California’s prisons and jails have emptied thousands into a world changed by coronavirus.” The piece examined challenges people face after they’re released from prison and jail due to COVID-19 and quoted law enforcement officials who believe the releases were a poorly thought out response to the virus.