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.READ MORE: UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Among U.S. News & World Report's Top 10 Best Hospitals
Non-violent offenders– those convicted of thefts, burglaries, and drug sales– will now serve time in county jails instead of prison.READ MORE: Huntington Beach City Council Appoints Rhonda Bolton To Replace Tito Ortiz
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.MORE NEWS: LA County Board Of Supervisors To Vote On Guaranteed Income Pilot Program For Young People
LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says local jails are not equipped to handle the additional inmates.