Money crunch to force L.A. jail releases

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Los Angeles County will release up to 2,600 of its 20,000 jail inmates next month in an attempt to save $17 million. Sheriff Lee Baca promised that the convicts will be placed under house arrest or electronic monitoring and will not be set free with no conditions, reports the Los Angeles Times. Only those convicted of misdemeanors like driving under the influence of alcohol or domestic violence will qualify. violence-prone inmates are not freed. The L.A. City Attorney’s office protested. “We think it is unacceptable and we think it will be disastrous for public safety in Los Angeles,” said spokesman Eric Moses. “We think the county needs to find a way to keep these people behind bars.”


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