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Tuolumne County Jail Forced to Reduce Population Due to COVID

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Sonora, Calif. – The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is forced to immediately reduce its prison population to 50% after 16 inmates in three housing units tested positive for COVID-19.

The sheriff’s office conducted COVID testing while working closely with the public health department. 13 inmates, designated as non-violent offenders, will be released early this morning. They are all within 30 days of their originally scheduled release date. Sheriff Bill Pooley says, “The safety of our community is my number one priority. We strive to balance the safety of our residents with ensuring that inmates, who are in our care, are treated appropriately for COVID-19. »

He adds that the sheriff’s office will work closely with public health to maintain all quarantine procedures for inmates and testing protocols.