Early release inmates flood Riverside jails

Viewpoints Online

AALIYAH NOBLE-FREENY | STAFF WRITER

In 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its inmate population by 33,000 people by the end of the year.

While lawmakers frantically try to create solutions, communities such as Riverside are adjusting to its new early released inmate population.

The mandate to reduce the California prison population led to an alignment program ordering non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual offenders to county jails instead of state prisons.

Realignment affected Riverside County differently because it filled its jails to capacity after releasing roughly 7,000 inmates in 2012.

“Jails are more like mini prisons now, and that was never how they were set up or intended to be,” said Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff.

Prison overcrowding has the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with the strain of realignment and has thus seen an influx of cruel and unusual punishment cases from inmates.

Their at torneys remain unwilling to consider Gov. Jerry Brown’s appeal of the order to reduce the prison population by another 9,600 by the end of 2013.

This action only leaves the Governor with one more chance to…

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