The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), partially funded by leftist billionaire financier George Soros, is suing to have 500 inmates freed from jail in Orange County, CA during the coronavirus pandemic.
The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit against Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, demanding officials free about 500 inmates from the county’s jails. The lawsuit claims the inmates are vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus. The OC inmate population has already been cut by almost 45% during the pandemic.
“I will continue to take measures needed to ensure the capacity is available to maintain safe operations and preserve our ability to house criminal offenders,” Barnes said in a statement to the OC Register.
“In preserving the safety of our custody operations, I must also ensure the safety of the law-abiding public. I am not supportive of extensive preemptive releases that go beyond what is necessary to keep the jail and community safe,” he added.