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Thousands of Criminals to Be Dealt with by County not State

The Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 shifts responsibility for certain types of felony offenders from the state to the county.

Various types of felony offenders will permanently be handled by counties rather than the state as a result of Assembly Bill 109, The Public Safety Realignment Act.

The Board of Supervisors was due to discuss Tuesday how San Diego county will manage this change.

Sheriff Bill Gore, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Public Defender Henry Coker, Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins and Nick Macchione, the head of the Health and Human Services Agency, were due to attend the meeting.

Several other pieces of legislation, some related to the state budget, are bringing about the change.

Felons who would stay in San Diego County jails rather than go to state prisons include nonviolent, nonserious and nonsex offender criminals, according to a county news release.

Also, some offenders who would have been supervised by state parole staff will now be supervised by local agencies, the news release states.

The full cost of the change is unknown.

The county must make a plan for the realignment, which must take effect Oct. 1.

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