Sarah Holder of the Bloomberg CityLab published The Imprisoners’ Dilemma – San Quentin’s deadly Covid-19 outbreak has intensified a national debate over releasing inmates and dramatically reducing the U.S. prison population — for good. In it, she notes the efforts of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office to urge Governor Newsom to reduce the state’s prison population.

“While we have missed the opportunity to prevent the most harm, we can still change course and strive to reduce further harm going forward,” wrote Manohar Raju, the San Francisco Public Defender, and Chesa Boudin, the San Francisco District Attorney, in a July 6 letter urging Governor Gavin Newsom to reduce the state’s prison population.


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