REALIGNMENT: Long-term inmates a concern in county jails

More than 1,100 inmates are serving sentences between five and 10 years in county jails instead of state prisons because of California's realignment law, a survey by a law enforcement group concluded.

The numbers echo concerns from county officials about lengthy realignment sentences being served in jails that are not prepared for long-term inmates.

With 52 of California's 58 counties responding, the California State Sheriffs' Association found that 1,109 inmates were serving the five-to-10 year sentences and 44 were serving sentences of more than 10 years, including one Riverside County case of 12 years, 8 months for multiple felony child corporal injury counts.