Program Could Release Thousands of Female Inmates

On Monday, California began implementing the Alternative Custody Program, which could potentially allow thousands of women in California prisons to reunite with their families. If an inmate’s crime is nonviolent, nonserious and not sexual and has less than 2 years left in its sentence, she could be eligible to serve the remainder of her sentence while raising her children under close monitoring or in transitional facilities. The program could help with overcrowding in prisons and save the state about $6 million a year … 

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