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.

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

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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.

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