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: Suspect Arrested in Hit-And-Run Crash That Left Scooter Rider In Critical Condition
Non-violent offenders– those convicted of thefts, burglaries, and drug sales– will now serve time in county jails instead of prison.READ MORE: Shooting Outside Pomona High School, 12-Year-Old Boy Transported With Non-Life-Threatening Injuries
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: Metro Bike Share Station Announces 12 New Stations Throughout Hollywood
LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says local jails are not equipped to handle the additional inmates.