The effort for the State of California to balance its budget by shipping prisoners back to counties has not impacted Nevada County as yet. Sheriff Keith Royal says they have not received any prisoners. He feels the increase will come when people are sentenced and the full effect of the increase could be felt in two years.
“We anticipate that we will see the increase in population or those coming to our facility starting to incrementally increase over the months ahead. Again, at the end of the two years, we’re anticipating between 25-50 prisoners.”
The realignment program was set to begin October first with some of the state sheriff’s concerned, because their jails are already overcrowded. The State has said they will pay the counties to house the prisoners. The Sheriff’s are concerned because there is no guarantee of continued funding for the housing of the prisoners..