INLAND: Realignment adds to jail woes in Riverside County

Posted on November 14, 2011. Filed under: Crime, Public Safety Realignment |

The Press Enterprise

RICHARD K. De ATLEY

rdeatley@pe.com

Published: 12 November 2011 09:04 PM

 

After one month, the state’s decision to put counties in charge of some nonserious offenders has caused a spike in Riverside County’s already dense jail population, putting it on course to reach capacity in January, officials report.

About 190 newly sentenced inmates who would have gone to state prison before the change, called realignment, were instead serving their time in county jail. In addition, hundreds of parole violators who also would have been sent to prison are now taking up jail beds.

The trend was one area of concern reported by probation, sheriff’s and court officials contacted in Riverside and San Bernardino counties after a month of realignment, which began Oct. 1. Officials in San Bernardino County, which has more jail space and sentencing options, said they are not worried yet about jails filling up.

The big inmate shuffle

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