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California – Contra Costa feeling impact from state prison shift

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Bay City News Service – Posted: 02/17/2012 06:16:29 AM PST

More than four months after California transferred responsibility for low-level offenders to counties, law enforcement officials in Contra Costa County are seeing far more inmates than projected.

Since realignment took effect Oct. 1, Contra Costa County jails have taken in 420 additional non-violent, non-sexual, non-serious inmates — a staggering 500 percent above state officials’ early projections, according to county Undersheriff Mike Casten.
Many of those additional inmates are parolees that would have normally gone back to state prisons after violating terms of their parole.

So far, the county has admitted 259 percent more parole violators than the state estimated, Casten said…[for full story: http://defender411.us/AfLn2Z ]

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