SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Nearly 250 more criminals will serve their time in county jails instead of state prisons each year under a new California law, a sharp increase from the state’s original projections. The corrections department said Thursday that it miscalculated the effect of changing where some criminals serve their time. Republican lawmakers say the shift that took effect last month will send more violent offenders to local facilities, violating the state’s pledge to keep people convicted of violent crimes in state prisons. Corrections officials originally said only two more criminals each year were likely to shift to local jails while serving time for weapons possession and other crimes. Those projections were reported in an Associated Press story published June 30. The department now says 247 more criminals would go to local jails.
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