California sheriff refusing to comply with order to release inmates due to COVID

BY KAELAN DEESE 

A sheriff in Santa Ana, Calif., is refusing to comply with an Orange County judge’s order to release inmates due to surges of COVID-19 in the county’s jails.

County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson ruled Friday that 50 percent –– or 1,858 inmates out of 3,716 ––must be released to curb the spread of the coronavirus among inmates, a local ABC affiliate KABC-TV reported.

Sheriff Don Barnes stood against Wilson’s order, saying, “I have no intention of releasing any of these individuals from my custody.”

“We are going to file an appeal and we’re going to fight it and if the judge has any intent of releasing any one of these individuals, he will have to go through line by line, name by name and tell me which ones he is ordering released,” said Barnes.

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