Posted: Mar 6, 2012 5:06 PM by Courtney Meznarich
Updated: Mar 7, 2012 8:06 AM
California's plan to reduce the inmate population at state prisons is putting pressure on local jails.
Jails in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County have taken dozens of inmates since the start of the program in October.
As of last month, San Luis Obispo County has taken in 128 inmates who would have previously been sent to prison. That's double what the jail expected to receive by this time.
In Santa Barbara County, 414 extra inmates have been taken in, also more than expected.
Both counties report the majority of the unexpected inmates are coming from parole violations. Parole violators were sent back to prison prior to AB109.
On Monday, Jose Aceves was sentenced to 23 years in Santa Barbara County Jail for drug possession. The district attorney says it was his sixth offense. Before AB 109, Aceves would have been sentenced to prison.
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