Fresno County is exploring the possibility of contracting with other counties to house inmates in their jails, as soon as January of next year.
The Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with the analysis of what such a plan would cost at its meeting on Tuesday.
It’s part of an effort to stem the early release of prisoners from the county jail. A pair of new state laws allow counties to place inmates in jail facilities in other counties when their own jails reach capacity.
It’s been one year since Governor Jerry Brown shifted responsibility for low-level offenders in California from the state to counties. But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, experts say it’s too soon to truly assess the impact of the governor’s “realignment” program.