Santa Barbara County braces for more inmates serving time in local jails

KSBY TV Channel 6 News – Posted: Sep 27, 2011 4:01 PM by Caroline Lowe Counties throughout California are bracing for an influx of low-level felons who will serve their time in local jails instead of state prisons. The shift,which starts Saturday,is part of the state’s public safety realignment policy and the result of a federal court order on prison overcrowding. It is also in response to the state’s budget problems. Under the new policy, felons who have been found to be guilty of crimes that were non-violent, non-sexual or non-serious will no longer do their time in a state facility. In Santa Barbara County, more than three hundred inmates are…[For full story: http://www.ksby.com/news/santa-barbara-county-braces-for-more-inmates-serving-time-in-local-jails/ ]

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Santa Barbara County braces for more inmates serving time in local jails