California released thousands of inmates from state penitentiaries, but now local jails see a spike in violence

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A prison guard tower in California. Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe/CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to downsize its prisons because of overcrowding. State officials released some prisoners, but redistributed inmates from state prisons to county jails. Violence spiked in some county jails as a result. A new McClatchy-ProPublica investigation shows that deaths in one county jail doubled since the Supreme Court decision.