ALAMEDA (KCBS)— Saturday is the first day of California’s massive prison realignment plan. This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May that the state’s overcrowded prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

“We’re just going to be housing inmates that were going to go to state prison for what they call the three nons. Non-serious, non-violent, non-sex related,” said Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

The sheriff anticipates getting 50 to 80 more low-level offending inmates per month as a result of the realignment plan.

Ahern said they’ll manage the extra load easily with extra space at Santa Rita jail in Dublin and by using the Glendire jail facility in Oakland. But that he’ll need to phase in more staff over the next year to handle the increase in the number of inmates.

“We are responsible for their care in custody and control and in order to do that we will need more staffing. It’s probably going to cost us several million dollars,” he said.

The Supreme Court’s ordered California’s prison population be reduced by 30,000.

Only non-violent, lower level offenders will now be held in county jails.

Counties are being funded by the state and by 2013 counties will be receiving $1 billion per year for their role in the realignment plan.

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Comments (7)
  1. Guapi says:

    Um… Hello US Supreme Court. Why do you think it’s fine to have “cruel and unusual punishment” for the law-obeying citizens by letting the offenders out into the places where we live??? Huh??? Tell me why???

  2. G. Holman says:

    @Guapi. Oh, give me a break. Everytime an article comes out in which more appropriate and/or humane treatment of prisoners is discussed, someone like you pops up with an accusation that if we are humane to prisoners, we are somehow inhumane to the so-called non-offending public. The reality is that most of these inmates did not belong in state prison in the first place. They were there for non-violent offenses. The U.S. incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. When you establish a brutalizing society that only wants to punish rather than root out causes and address prevention, you get more brutalized people that make all of us less safe, nor more safe.

    1. Guapi says:

      It’s called “diversity of thought”. So basically you want the Nanny State to root out the causes of why the criminal broke into my home and stole things? Oh let me save you some time. It’s because he/she is a selfish thug who needs to support a drug habbit that he/she chose to induldge in. Now I know…. y’all don’t want there to be concequences for anything but I’m sorry that’s the way it is. So if you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime!

  3. Gary Hamilton says:

    Give me a Break,too!! I have been sent 2 times to the “STATE PRISON” and it sounds worse than it is as far as bringing the low-level non-violent to the county jails…….I am non-violent and was convicted for petty theft of some food and the other time I was drunk and stole a $2 ring for my girlfriend because we had a fight. The people they are going to bring back to the counties are similiar people like me with petty crimes……..The Heavy,Violent,Crazy inmates are already in the county jails waiting for court & sentencing and will be sent up there and be “CLASSIFIED” by the prison counselors & Psyches and sent to the “Heavy lock-up prisons” where they belong and they will be “Traded” with the Lightweight inmates that are ready to be released soon anyway because they served most of their time that the Judges gave them!! People should not worry about this trade-off because it will be better for the inmates to be closer to their families and job/school opportunities so they will hopefully succeed when they get released………! The 3 strikes law passed in 94′ put alot of mellow,non-violent people in prison for 25-life terms(same as killers!) just because they had a “few priors” to many and their lives were completely ruined because police and D.A’s “Implemented their crimes and Terms” all wrong and that’s one of the main reasons the prisons got “OVERFILLED” and the taxpayers had to fund the costs of more prison building with tax money from the “Average Joe”…….

    1. Guapi says:

      First of all, it’s not an even swap. Los Angeles is getting about 8000 more inmates than it has room for so guess where they’ll end up. They’ll be let out on the streets! That’s why city officials are predicting a giant crime wave. At a time when there are less police officers.

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