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Protesters Chain Themselves To Gavin Newsom’s Fence Over Increasing Prison Deaths

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A group of demonstrators outside Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s home chained themselves to his fence Monday in protest of the increasing coronavirus-related deaths in the state’s prison system.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers eventually cut the protesters’ chains and detached them from the fence, according to the Orange County Register. The CHP said it arrested 14 protesters who had chained themselves to Newsom’s property, The Sacramento Bee reported.

“Gov. Newsom, you are responsible for the COVID crisis that’s happening in prisons and jails,” a protester screamed during the protest, according to The Bee. “You must act now to save lives.”

One sign held by protesters called on Newsom to “free them all” in reference to state prisoners, The Bee reported.

Nineteen inmates at San Quentin State Prison have died of apparent coronavirus complications as of Monday, according to The Mercury News. There have been more than 2,000 positive cases at the San Francisco-area prison.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced 8,000 inmates would be eligible for release by the end of August, according to a July 10 CDCR press release. Th… (Read more)

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