SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — University of California experts say the state can safely house some maximum-security inmates in lower-level prisons, a development that could save taxpayers money.

The 18-month study by five criminology experts, obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, comes as a new state law sends thousands of lower-level offenders to local jails instead of state prisons.

The shift leaves state prisons housing the most violent, serious or sex offenders.

Corrections Secretary Matthew Cate tells the AP that California may need to build fewer maximum-security prisons if more high-risk offenders can be safely moved to medium- or minimum-security prisons that will soon have extra space.

Without changes, the nonpartisan legislative analyst says the state will eventually be short nearly 13,000 high-security beds.

Cate says the department is evaluating the experts’ recommendations.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (4)
  1. Sick of dirtbags says:

    I love when academics claim to know so much about dealing with criminals. When they spend time working with inmates, then I’ll start taking their opinions more seriously. There is a reason they have been housed in maximum security, minimum security is for low level, non-violent offenders. Not killers and rapists. Violent offenders are ALWAYS looking for a way to get out. Rehousing them in a minimum security prison would be a huge mistake that will cost officers and the public’s safety. I for one am tired of criminals running this state.

    1. labellavida says:

      the word is high risk not most violent. I think what the prison system is saying not everyone who is in prison belongs there. They ended up there because of lack of funds a stupid judge. or whatever the reason these inmates are referred to as high risk meaning they don’t belong with the more violent ones. they are leaving the prisons for the more violent one and moving the inmates at high risk. Your reading and comprehension is as bad as your outlook on things I knew someone with the same attitude once she is now behind bars for embezzlement. Don’t be so quick to judge.

  2. stan atkinson says:

    Just execute them.

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