A bill is being introduced at the State Capitol to keep serious offenders out of county jails.

The bill, co-authored by Fresno Assemblyman Jim Patterson, would make sure criminals sentenced to serve 10 or more years do so in state prison.

"Right now prisoners who are getting sentenced to 10 years, 15, 20 years are being offloaded to county jails out of the state prisons. As a result, our county jails are being overcrowded and then local judges are letting them out," Patterson said. 

Patterson says it's a result of the realignment plan, and it's having a negative impact on communities.

"When people are in fear they don't risk and they don't have a civic pride and they're more concerned about not having their car stolen or car jacked or someone breaking into their home."

Senator Andy Vidak is introducing the bill in the Upper House.