LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday that 862 sheriff’s department personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 726 under quarantine.
Villanueva said both numbers have been relatively stable, but he added that 13,633 people in county jails have tested positive, a number he said is “climbing steadily.”
The sheriff complained that the state prison system is not accepting prisoners who are already convicted.
“Also, our mental health institutions … all those (institutions) that take our inmates who are deemed unfit to stand trial or incompetent to stand trial, those ones need to be transferred also out of our system, but no one’s taking them, so we’re starting to accumulate inmates who shouldn’t be in our custody,” he said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department also reported that 205 employees have tested positive, with 12 in isolation and 191 having returned to work.
5 comments for "Villanueva cites ‘climbing’ number of jail inmates with COVID-19"
surfside 6 says
This Sheriff is indicating he’s about to unload another relay of cut throats, sneak thieves and sidewalk muggers on the county. Then he’ll squeal like a pig the moment county residents start packing firearms.
That’s not what concerns me; I’m more concerned with the cut throats, sneak thieves, and supporters of Trump taking orders from him.
Let us not forget the vigilantes packing firearms, committing murder in the name of righteousness.
They did the crime now they have to do the time. They are not guaranteed that they will not get any specific disease while in prison. If they were left out of jail they still have a chance of getting the covid. They might as well stay where they are.
AV Illegal says
Maybe if you released some of those criminals to ICE instead of being a political hack, you could decrease the population and cases. OR, you could just release them out onto the streets of LA County so they can do their chosen profession, at the law abiding citizen’s expense.