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Release Point: California’s Overcrowded Prisons

on October 3, 2011

Saturday marked the first day of a two-year effort by the state of California to remove 110,000 prisoners from its prisons. Contra Costa County will take on 215 inmates in the next nine months, while also keeping more criminals in-county after their convictions — a shift that will have ripple effects throughout the county, from health services to homeless shelters. Richmond Confidential investigates the realignment.

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