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Newsom Cautious On Earlier Release Of Inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom is ruling out releasing violent inmates in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But he left the door open Monday to other relief that he said needs to be carefully weighed to avoid worsening the state’s homelessness crisis. One inmate and five employees in California’s massive prison system have tested positive for the coronavirus. That’s leading to increased pressure on corrections officials to begin releasing some of the state’s 123,000 convicts early. It’s among topics being discussed by a pandemic task force appointed by a federal judge. Newsom says earlier releases would bring their own complications.