Cutting CA prisons leads to more problems

A controversial California programme to transfer thousands of inmates has lead to increased constraints on county jails.

    The United States Supreme Court has ordered that 30,000 low-level prisoners from California's over-crowded state prisons be moved to county jails.

    County jail officials, however, say that transferring prisoners from state facilities is only placing further strains upon the cash-strapped local jails. A lack of state funds means that county jails have had to make major cuts to mental health care, basic medical care, and even close down entire wings of their facilities.

    Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from a county jail in Santa Ana, California, where officials say the facility will run out of room for new inmates next year.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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