As Many As 800 State Prisoners May Be Heading To San Diego County
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Aired 7/17/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney
William Gore, San Diego County Sheriff
Mack Jenkins, Chief Probation Officer, San Diego County Probation
Prison realignment hasn't triggered much public concern so far but the latest development could get more attention if it ends up affecting public safety.
San Diego County supervisors are protesting a federal court decision that would result in sending up to 800 more prisoners from overcrowded state prisons to San Diego County by the end of this year. We've heard a lot about prison realignment, the state's program to ease prison overcrowding, and we know San Diego has been taking all sorts of steps to absorb the extra responsibility. But could this influx of prisoners be the last in a series of events that prompts the public to weigh in?