Could job training, rehab help released inmates and society?

Could job training, rehab help released inmates and society?

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The latest battle over prison overcrowding has state and law enforcement officials in a quandary. A court ruling says California has failed to comply with reducing prison overcrowding and the state must immediately release close to 10,000 inmates.

"They will simply recalculate their out dates and let them go," said Francis Moore, chief deputy with the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Unlike inmates released under prison realignment plan AB 109, Moore notes the inmates to be released would not be required to be placed in type of rehabilitation or job training program. They would be "low risk" offenders.

The California Sheriffs' Association issued a statement calling the court's ruling unacceptable. Association president Greg Ahern, sheriff of Alameda County, said an alternative to immediate release of these inmates would be to place the inmates in a job training or rehab-type program.

"Our suggestion is to find programs for the individuals that will help them at not have a problem with re-violating," said Ahern.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he will appeal the court's ruling all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and has asked for a stay of the order.