Los Angeles County will move more more than 500 inmates
Local jail inmate will be moved to mountain-area firefighting camps in order to ease over crowding in the jails and curtail releasing prisoners early due to overcrowding in Los Angeles County
The move is in response to a federal court order forcing the state of California to reduce its prison population. The realignment program sends lower-level felons to local jails in Los Angeles County. This has caused over-crowding in the local jails, resulting in some inmates being released early.
Sending inmates to fire camps is a smart way to stop the early releases of inmates.
The camps are located in mountain and foothill areas in the Los Angels County.
County supervisors have approved $27 million in funds to be paid to the State to house 528 inmates at the camps throughout Los Angeles County.
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Corrections Realignment in California – Published on Jul 1, 2013
Historic changes in California’s corrections system have dramatically reduced the state’s prison population and put new stress on county jails, but realignment is still a work in progress, says Magnus Lofstrom, research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). His presentation is followed by a discussion about the challenges facing counties, the role of the state, and opportunities for innovation. Panelists are state Senator Loni Hancock; Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson; Matthew Cate, executive director of the California State Association of Counties; and Linda Penner, Fresno County’s chief probation officer. PPIC’s David Lesher is the moderator