Sheriff Don Barnes gave an update of Orange County jails today during a Covid-19 update press conference disclosing inmates in isolation and reduced jail populations from early release.
Currently OC jails have 166 inmates in quarantine and 18 inmates in isolation. Six inmates have tested positive for coronavirus. Nine inmates have pending test results. Two deputy’s have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Jail populations have decreased by almost 1/4 due to the early release program. On March 6, Orange County jails held 5,200 inmates and today there are under 4,000 inmates.
County Sheriff Don Barnes said, “Regarding the jails we’ve made some profound changes in our services and delivery of those services within our jails. Most programs have seized during this time. Despite our best efforts to get ahead of this we have had some exposures.”
Inmates who qualified for 30 or 60-day early release programs were released starting March 28. In the last ten days over 327 sentenced inmates were released with low level offenses.
108 early release inmates were designated as medically at risk either 65 years or older and with pre-existing health conditions.
Sheriff Barnes stated that traffic collisions have decreased and the amount of domestic violence calls have not increased since we have all been in ‘stay at home’ orders.