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Prison Overcrowding Could Impact County Jails

— Financial and legal pressure on California's prisons could have implications for San Diego County Jails.

California's Governor wants to save the state more than a billion dollars by releasing 27 thousand prison inmates. Meanwhile a federal three judge panel has ruled California must release more then 40 thousand inmates within two years because the state can't take of inmates medical needs. Sheriff Bill Gore says he's worried that he won't be able to send inmates to state prisons.

"We currently send about 200 inmates a week from our county jails to the state prisons," said Gore. "If, in fact, they're not able going to be to take those inmates, our county jail here in San Diego is going to become overcrowded and over our court ordered capacity within a month or two."

Gore says sheriffs around the state are working with lawmakers to create a plan that will release inmates in an orderly fashion.

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Avatar for user 'delang'

delang | August 19, 2009 at 6:39 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Land of the free.

The highest incarceration rate of any country on the face of the earth.

Prisons--a money making, job creating growth industry.

Hey, if there aren't enough prisoners to keep those prisons going,

maybe we'd better just incarcerate even more people.

Here's what some judges in Pennsylvania did in order to line their own pockets:

http://www.truthout.org/021209L

Gotta love this country. The almighty dollar is the true God in the United States

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Avatar for user 'onebenjensen'

onebenjensen | August 19, 2009 at 11:37 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Legalizing marijuana ought to help with the jail people.

Hey, delang, good luck enjoying your standard of living without the almighty dollar.

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