SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The process of California prison realignment means moving 25,000 state prison inmates to county jails over the next four years to ease overcrowding.

At the start of October, inmates from California’s 33 prisons began being remitted to county jails as part of the state’s court mandated public safety realignment plan.

The head of the Department of Corrections told the Sacramento Bee that there have been a few problems, but Deputy Director Robert Ambroselli said that is to be expected because it’s something the Department of Corrections has never done before.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

“It’s early on, obviously, we’re only in the first month,” said Ambroselli. “But we’ve been able to notice a drop in some of our prison population, as well as some of the parole population.”

Realignment will likely result in a loss of jobs for State Department of Corrections officers, but it also may result in more hiring on the local level.

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