Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fifteen Counties Approved To Split $500 Million For Jail Expansions Across California

A state board has approved $500 million to 15 counties to expand local jails and programs to accommodate the influx of prisoners sent to counties from the state under the program known as "realignment." Governor Brown is still under federal pressure to reduce the state's prison population. His budget is calling for another $500 million for county jail expansions. Community groups urged the Board of State and Community Corrections to prioritize alternatives to incarceration. Pacifica's Dan Fritz reports from Los Angeles.