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Contra Costa County managing realignment with split sentencing




Due to realignment, inmates that normally would have served their sentence in state prison are now incarcerated at county jails.
Due to realignment, inmates that normally would have served their sentence in state prison are now incarcerated at county jails.
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In the last two years, California counties have enjoyed a fairly free hand managing an influx of tens of thousands of state prisoners that are now serving their sentences in county jails. One strategy is called "split sentencing."

Low level criminals do part of their time in jail; the rest under supervised probation. The California Report's Sara Hossaini reports from Contra Costa County, where officials have embraced the split-sentencing idea.