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Long-Term Inmates, And Prison Culture, Move Into California's County Jails

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - MAY 23: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the fourth annual Water, Energy and Smart Technology Summit and Showcase at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field on May 23, 2013 in Mountain View, California. The governor joined more than 500 world-renowned researchers and scientists who are calling for action on climate change and other global threats. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | Getty

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's plan approved two years ago to ease crowding in state prisons has left county jails struggling with hard-core felons sentenced to spend years, even decades, in facilities meant to hold criminals for no more than a year.

County sheriffs warn that these long-term inmates are more than they can handle. They say they pose security threats in their already-crowded lockups and invite the same costly class-action lawsuits over medical care and services that now dog state prisons.

"Our facilities were never constructed to manage an inmate for longer than a year," said Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern, president of the state sheriffs association, describing jails statewide.

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