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Prison realignment adding stress to CA probation officers' workload

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Buena Park police officers Luis Garcia, left, and James Woo, escort Cheree People, 33, to their patrol car, handcuffed and under arrest after ignoring several attempts by law enforcement, school officials and members of the Distrtict Attorneys office to help her get her elementary school child's high truancy rate reduced. The child had accumulated 20 unexcused absences as of January. Peoples was arrested at her home and charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one misdemeanor count of failure to reasonably supervise or encourage school attendance. If convicted, parents faces a sentence ranging from probation up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines. Bruce Chambers/Orange County Register

Jerry Brown is currently under court order to reduce the state prison population, but he's balked at the target numbers set by a federal judge. Yesterday, Brown told reporters that he's willing to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court. 

As the legal battles continue, thousands of inmates continue to flow from California's 33 state prisons to local authorities. That means probation officers throughout California are now tasked with supervising a lot more violent criminals. 

For more on how LA County has been responding to this new situation, we're joined now by Jerry Powers, L.A. County's chief probation officer.

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