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California Prison Population Expected to Grow Over Next 5 Years

Posted on the 09 January 2014 by Jim Winburn @civicbeebuzz

SACRAMENTO – After declining for six years, California’s prison population is expected to grow by 10,000 inmates in the next five years, complicating Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to abide by a court order to reduce overcrowding.

New state population projections show criminals heading to prison at the same rates expected before Brown began to shrink the prison population by keeping low-level, nonviolent felons in county jails after their convictions rather than sending them to state lockups.

The reason for the growing prison population is under debate.

County prosecutors dispute suggestions that they are more frequently pursuing charges that put felons in prison instead of jail. Others cite violent crimes committed by felons or parolees cycling in and out of overcrowded jails since the new prison policy, called realignment, took effect in October 2011.

State statistics do not show a rise in violent crime.

Full story by Paige St. John at latimes.com/local.

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