California's Sheriffs Must Do More to Save Their Communities from the Ravages of Coronavirus [open pdf - 0B]
From the Executive Summary: "The spread of coronavirus in California jails have rendered the conditions of confinement for inmates so unsafe that they constitute the kind of unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain that is contrary to contemporary standards of decency and violates constitutional rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has held that it violates Eighth Amendment prohibitions of cruel and unusual punishment to hold inmates in unsafe conditions that expose them to serious health risks from infectious diseases. Fortunately, there are measures to prevent an impending catastrophe, and polling from The Justice Collaborative and Data for Progress shows that the vast majority of people are in favor of measures that California sheriffs can take to reduce jail populations and prevent the spread of the disease. There is agreement across political parties that sheriffs should limit the number of arrests for misdemeanors, low-level offenses, and technical violations in order to reduce jail populations in light of the ongoing pandemic."
Data for Progress
Data for Progress: https://www.dataforprogress.org/