LOS ANGELES -- The burgeoning Los Angeles County jail population is forcing the sheriff to consider shipping inmates to jails in San Joaquin Valley to ease crowding.
State prison realignment has shifted more than 5,000 inmates to Los Angeles County jails since fall and sheriff's officials say space will likely run out by Christmas. There are now 18,600 inmates in the jail system.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/NhgoFB ) says the Sheriff's Department is in discussions with the Kern County cities of Taft and Shafter to use their currently empty jails to house up to 1,000 low-level offenders.
They are also considering talks with the San Joaquin County cities of Coalinga and Delano.
Assistant Sheriff Cecil Rhambo Jr. says the department may also release more women with electronic monitoring systems.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com