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Judge Orders Transfer of Thousands of Inmates

Judge Orders Transfer of Thousands of Inmates

A federal judge is ordering the state to move several thousand inmates from two state prisons in the San Joaquin Valley. The inmates at Pleasant Valley and Avenal state prisons are at risk of contracting Valley Fever, which is a deadly fungus. The judge ordered corrections officials to transfer most black, Filipino and medically at-risk inmates because they are more vulnerable to health problems from valley fever. He gave the state 90 days to comply, but also said inmates who already have had the disease do not have to be moved.

 

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