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California County Jails House 1,100 Long-Term Inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates on long-term sentences in jails designed for stays of a year or less.

A report obtained by The Associated Press details the growth in that population under Gov. Jerry Brown's criminal justice realignment strategy.

The oversight of so many inmates serving sentences of five years or more is presenting challenges for county sheriffs, especially with the number expected to grow in the future.

In addition to finding adequate space to house the new population, the sheriffs also must provide the inmates with education, treatment programs, rehabilitation services and recreation. That adds to their costs.

Nick Warner of the California State Sheriffs' Association, which compiled the report, says most county jails are not set up to house inmates for more than a year.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 28, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh, what a shame.

The over-bloated prison-industrial complex that has built-up a bubble far worse than even the housing crisis is now bursting at the seams.

I guess being the world's biggest prison state (yup, more people per capita in the U.S. are in prisons than any other country on the planet, including Iran, China, Russia, and other countries our political hacks like to claim are brutal regimes that trample the civil liberties of their people).

And it's getting worse - now private prisons which are rife with abuse and becoming an industry in this country - extremley dangerous.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-niaz-kasravi/for-profit-prisons-american-american_b_2768183.html

Our nation needs a top to bottom overhaul, simply moving prisoners around from state to county like the idiot officials in California are doing doesn't solve squat.

It's like saying, "We are violating rights by not offering adequate health care and basic services at the state level, so when a court tells us this is not acceptible we just dump them all on the county so they county can lock them up and not give them basic services".

It's disgusting and needs to change.

It's time our crooked politicans on BOTH sides of the isle start REPEALING some of the more absurd laws instead of always piling on more each year.

We don't need to lock up this many of our own citizens to be safe.

Plenty of countries lock up far fewer people and have better crime statistics than we do.

Americans need to demand more from our prison system.

We need to demand, fairness, reason, and sanity - - none of which currently exist behind bars here,

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