Alameda County Superior Court releases 247 inmates in light of COVID-19

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Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Alameda County Tara Desautels issued a general order Thursday releasing 247 individuals from Santa Rita Jail in light of the current status of COVID-19, the new coronavirus.

The order is a result of a joint request made by the Alameda County sheriff, district attorney and the Alameda County defense bar, according to the press release. The order also follows the statewide “stay at home” protocol issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The sentences of those released by the order have also been deemed to have been “served.” According to the press release, the court will provide more detailed information regarding court services while it is closed through April 7.

Beginning March 20, the court will also attempt to operate four arraignment calendars at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland and the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin on Tuesdays and Fridays during the closing period.

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Clara Rodas is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @Crodas_dc.