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: City Of LA Opens Vaccinations To Age 16-Plus; Halts J&J Vaccine
Non-violent offenders– those convicted of thefts, burglaries, and drug sales– will now serve time in county jails instead of prison.READ MORE: Indoor Sports Events, Theater Performances, Concerts Can Resume Thursday In Los Angeles County
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: Authorities To Make ‘Major’ Announcement In Kristin Smart Disappearance Case
LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says local jails are not equipped to handle the additional inmates.