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.