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Transfer Of Non-Violent Inmates From CA Prisons To County Jails Set To Begin

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A controversial plan to transfer tens of thousands of inmates from state prisons to county jails starts this weekend.

Officials say many of the inmates are headed to Southland jails.

Non-violent offenders– those convicted of thefts, burglaries, and drug sales– will now serve time in county jails instead of prison.

The transfer of 26,000 non-violent offenders is part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to save the state money by reducing the prison population.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says local jails are not equipped to handle the additional inmates.

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