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Los Angeles County Sheriff Asked to Limit Early Inmate Releases

Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | 9:19 am

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to limit the early release of jail inmates convicted for violence and sex crimes.

“The county needs options that result in [serious and violent offenders] serving their full sentences,” Antonovich told the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper released last week an investigation report stating that budget and overcrowding problems prompted the L.A. County Jail to only imprison offenders as little as 40 percent of their jail term.

“Other criminals are serving even shorter stints. Under the department’s current policy, jailers immediately release male inmates sentenced to less than 90 days and female offenders sentenced to less than 240 days,” the L.A. Times reported.

The newspaper added that so far this year, the Sheriff’s Department has released more than 23,000 inmates that have not yet finished their jail terms. In 2012, the inmates that were released early were around 26,000, while in 2011 there were about 15,700 early-released prisoners.

Antonovich asked Sheriff Lee Baca to provide a report until September 12 to the supervisors with the suggestions and analysis on ways to increase the time served by those inmates, the L.A. Times reported.

The Supervisor added that the Sheriff’s report must contain the analysis of the proposed contract with Taft Community Correctional Facility and with state corrections to send at least 500 inmates with long sentences to firefighting camps.

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