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Oct 26, 2012 9:12 PM by The Associated Press

Calif. prison chief quits to head county group

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's corrections secretary is resigning next month after overseeing a historic shift in the state's criminal justice system that is sending thousands of lower-level criminals to county jails instead of state prisons.

Matthew Cate announced Friday that he will become executive director of the California State Association of Counties. The organization represents the 58 counties before the state and federal governments.

He served 4½ years under Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Brown did not immediately name a replacement.

A year ago, Brown signed a law to reduce California's inmate population to save money and respond to federal court orders.

Cate will now deal with the fallout: the realignment is leaving some county jails crowded and prompting complaints that it may be increasing crime.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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