Inmates set to be freed

Posted on December 12, 2011. Filed under: California State Budget, Crime, Politics, Prisons, Public Safety Realignment |

Prison realignment leading to overcrowding
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 12/08/2011 07:43:30 PM PST
Updated: 12/09/2011 06:33:41 PM PST

One-hundred-fifty parole violators could get an early release from county jails in the next several days so deputies can handle jail overcrowding that the Sheriff’s Department says is due to state prison-realignment plans.The county inmates will be released from today through Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Department announced late Thursday in a news release.

Those inmates who are released will fall under the immediate supervision of state parole officers, who are under the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

County jails have experienced a rise in inmates since the prison realignment began Oct. 1, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

A wide range of criminals, who would have served their sentences in state custody, now remain in the sheriff’s custody to serve their sentences. Additionally, a number of parole violators who would have served their time in state prison are also in county custody.

“Because of these dynamics, the county jail system is rapidly approaching capacity, and it has therefore become necessary to adjust the inmate population in such a way that room is made for new arrestees and higher-priority inmates,” the news release states.

Early release will be granted only to those parole violators who have already served at least half of their sentence and have less than 30 days remaining.

Other criteria being considered are the inmates’ criminal history and their conduct while in custody.


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