The number of California Institution for Men employees testing positive for coronavirus has reached 11, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Tuesday.

With a total of 22 state prison employees in California testing positive for the virus, state prison officials announced plans to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

The first two California Institution for Men employees to test positive for coronavirus was reported March 22. Two more were reported late last week and seven more since Friday.

Names, ranks, ages, cities of residences and the counties in which they tested positive was not announced.

One inmate at the Chino prison and three inmates at the California State Prison-Los Angeles County in Lancaster have tested positive among the 243 inmates across the state who have been tested for COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon.

Three employees at the California State Prison-Sacramento tested positive for coronavirus; two Wasco State Prison; and one each at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton; Folsom State Prison; Northern California Youth Correctional Center; Salinas Valley State Prison; San Quentin State Prison; and the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison.

Four inmates each at the California Institution for Men and California Institution for Women in Chino have been tested.

“The measures will increase both capacity and physical space at the state’s prisons, which will allow the department to increase physical distancing, and assist it with isolation and quarantine efforts by suspected or positive COVID-19 cases,” prison officials said.

The new measures are:

*Mandatory verbal and temperature screenings for staff before they enter any institution and CDCR work sites.

*Suspension of intake from county jails, projected to reduce the population by 3,000 within 30 days.

*Suspension of visitation. Inmates will get additional free phone calls made available through a deal with the inmate telephone network provider.

*Suspension of access by volunteers and rehabilitative program providers.

*Suspension of inmate movement other than for critical purposes.

*Measures to support increased physical distancing, including reducing the number of inmates who use common spaces at the same time.

*Reinforced commitment to hygiene both institutional and personal, including greater availability of soap and hand sanitizer.

The plan also includes possibly releasing at least 3,500 eligible inmates with 60 days or less on their sentences. Inmates must not be serving time for a violent crime, including sex offenses or domestic violence.

“The plan also includes making more use of the state’s private and public Community Correctional Facilities, as well as maximizing open spaces in prisons, such as gymnasiums, to increase capacity and inmate movement options,” prison officials said.

CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz said prison officials are not taking the new measures lightly.

“Our first commitment at CDCR is ensuring safety,” he said. “However, in the face of a global pandemic, we must consider the risk of COVID-19 infection as a grave threat to safety, too.”

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Please note concerning the statement about sexual offenses.

Women Against Registry advocates for the families who have loved ones required to register as sexual offenders.

More about the issue:

According to the NCMEC map there are over 912,000 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register. The NCMEC has ceased publishing the number of registered citizens as it will soon top 1,000,000. The "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bait-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many others.

If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant. Professionals indicate 3 things are needed for successful reintegration; a job, a place to live and a “positive” support system.

The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy)

It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12-page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman.

ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. (Google: Frightening and High)

A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:

a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser;

b) 34.2% were family members;

c) 58.7% were acquaintances;

d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers;

e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home;

f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

There is a tremendous need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches parents how to begin and maintain a dialog with their children to intervene before harm occurs and about grooming behaviors as well as other things at age-appropriate levels in their Circles of Safety.

Our question to the public is one of, when does redemption begin? When are those required to register given their lives back without the stigma and hate?

We support the principles of Restorative/Transformative Justice; restore the victim, restore the offender AND restore the community. Unfortunately, our justice systems, federal and some states, prefer to annihilate human beings using mandatory minimum sentences, leaving our families destitute for years or decades and call that justice.

Our country is evidently proud to be 'the incarceration nation' with 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated.

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