REDLANDS -- In an effort to close a loophole in California's Prison Realignment which currently could have inmates with severe mental issues housed in local jails, Senator Bill Emmerson, R - Redlands, has introduced Senate Bill 226 which would keep those offenders in state prison, officials said.

SB 226 would not only evaluate a convicted person to determine where that person would be serving out their sentence, but it will also attempt to ensure the offender receives proper treatment before being released back into society, according a news release from Emmerson's office.

"Again, because realignment was passed so quickly and before all the issues were worked out, this bill would close a gap in law that potentially endangers the public," Senator Emmerson said in a written statement. "Before any offender is released back into the community, we need to make sure that he or she has been screened and treated for mental illness, especially when it may have contributed to the crime."

According to the release, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has the ability to require the offender to receive the proper mental health treatment before being released and as a condition of parole. Those resources are reportedly not available through the county-run system.

The bill was sponsored by the California District Attorney's Association, said Kayla Williams, spokeswoman for Emmerson.