California law proposes jail time for low-level offenders.

Author:Scafuri Jenna
Position:News Briefs - Brief article

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a law on April 4, 2011, that will force felons convicted of nonviolent crimes to serve their time in county jails instead of California state prisons. According to the Los Angeles Times, the law is designed to reduce the number of inmates in California's overcrowded state prisons and focus more on things such as drug treatment and mental health services for low-level offenders. The new law could save taxpayers money by housing parole violators in less expensive county jails, and reducing the number of offenders who return to prison. "For too...

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