SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's inspector general says prison officials did a poor job requiring inmates and staff to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
They even loosened their policy just as cases were spiking. The department says it modified its policy based on guidance from state public health officials.
The state’s inspector general said Monday that just seven of the corrections department’s more than 63,000 employees were referred for formal investigations or punishment for misconduct for ignoring face covering or physical distancing requirements.
More than 15,500 inmates have been infected, and 76 died as outbreaks ballooned in several state prisons.