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Sheriffs' Association strongly opposed to court order demanding reduced inmate population

Published On: Jun 20 2013 07:51:59 PM CDT

The California State Sheriffs' Association has issued a statement disagreeing with a court order that was issued on Thursday, ordering the immediate release of prison inmates.

According to the sheriffs' association's statement, the order would mean freeing more than 9,000 prison inmates.

The court order itself said that the prison systems would be forced to comply with the population reduction order which was issued in June of 2011 to be in compliance with a court decision that was made in May 2011. This decision ordered the prison population to be reduced to 137.5 percent of the design capacity before Dec. 31, 2013.

“With the order to achieve 137.5% of design capacity in State’s prisons, this means releasing over 9,000 inmates to our streets. It is categorically unacceptable,” said California State Sheriffs' Association President Sheriff Greg Ahern. “California Sheriffs have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to implement public safety realignment. While it is still a work in progress, many of us have been able to provide programs and services to inmates that may not have been accessible to them in the past."