Governor Gavin Newsom announced he signed an executive order Tuesday that will immediately halt the intake and transfer of inmates and youth into California’s 35 state prisons and four youth correctional facilities.

During a press briefing Tuesday evening, Newsom said the executive order was issued to protect the health and safety of state inmates, youth, and staff following the recent confirmed COVID-19 cases in four separate state prisons affecting five correctional officers and one inmate.

“We are going to restrict the intake process in the system,” Newsom said. “We are putting together new protocol and procedures throughout that system, 35 prisons, to make sure that we are isolating people and we are not mixing our prison populations as we tend to do with transfers.”

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