Arpaio offers to house extra California inmates

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is "alarmed" by California's impending release of thousands of inmates due to lack of prison space, offered to house them at Maricopa County prisons.

CNN reports that the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the release of thousands of California inmates to solve overcrowding in state prisons. A press release from MCSO also says state tax cuts are a factor.

"Allowing so many criminals to simply go free from California prisons affects nearby states, including Arizona," Arpaio said. "Governor Brown certainly has legitimate reasons to consider a release of this magnitude, but I hope he will consider any and all options."

Arpaio has extended an invitation for California officials to tour Tent City or consider transferring some of California's inmates to jails in Maricopa County.

CNN says a judge's order in May required the state to reduce the prison population by 9,600 inmates before the year ends.