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COVID-19 Outbreak In Ventura County Jail System Prompting Some Early Inmate Releases


A COVID-19 outbreak at the Ventura County jail has prompted the Sheriff to order the release of more than 70 low-level offenders, to improve safety.

45 inmates and three staff members have tested positive for the virus as the result of a recent outbreak.  So, to reduce the danger, 76 inmates who have less than two months on their sentences are being reduced. 

The inmates were serving time for non-violent, non-sexual, non-gun-related crimes. Many are drug offenders.

More than 1300 people were in custody as of Tuesday morning.  The inmate release began Tuesday afternoon. A handful of the inmates qualified for electronic monitoring and are now in that program.