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The Wall Street Journal used Kern County as the backdrop to examine California's challenges with prison realignment.

The Wall Street Journal put the spotlight on Bakersfield on Monday, tackling the serious and the surprising in two separate stories.

First, the paper reported on the local effects of so-called prison realignment, in which state prisoners are moved to local jails to ease overcrowding.

The Journal story highlighted much of what has already been reported in and other local media. The half-page story included photos of Sheriff Donny Youngblood and inmates at Lerdo Jail.

Deeper into the paper, the Journal's sports page included a piece on Billy Hamilton, who stole 104 bases in just a half-season for the Bakersfield Blaze. Hamilton, a Cincinnati Reds prospect who was promoted to the Reds' Double-A team in Pensacola, Fla., over the weekend, is on a pace to shatter Vince Coleman's pro-baseball record of 145 steals.

Hamilton is the first player since 1987 to steal 100 bases, rare enough territory for the Journal to take notice.