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Post Realignment: Fresno County Jail Has Deadliest Year In Decades

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The Fresno Bee
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Eleven inmates died last year in the Fresno County Jail from drug and alcohol withdrawal, murder, medical issues and suicide.

In 2011,  the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its overcrowded prisons. Sweeping reforms called “realignment” shifted the responsibility for thousands of inmates to county jails. Since then, there’s been a sharp rise in jail inmate deaths, most notably in Fresno County.  I spoke with reporters Jason Pohl of the Sacramento Bee and Ryan Gabrielson of Propublica about their investigative series called Overcorrection. Jason Pohl starts by comparing the seven years before and after realignment.

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