Amid a growing number of cases of COVID-19 diagnosed at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, federal magistrate judges are beginning to reconsider decisions to detain certain defendants pretrial.

The Alameda County sheriff’s office reported Thursday that 12 inmates at Santa Rita, California’s third-largest jail facility and the fifth-largest in the nation, had tested positive for COVID-19, with six other tests outstanding. The positive tests were up from just one positive inmate test just five days earlier.

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