Ca. Sheriff: Jail Crowding Force Early Releases

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The sheriff of San Bernardino County, Ca., yesterday asked the Board of Supervisors to expand the county's jail system. The Los Angeles Times reports that Sheriff Gary Penrod said overcrowding had forced him to approve the early release of nearly 250 felons per month, including drug dealers, burglars, and other nonviolent criminals. "That's where we are today: We are completely full," Penrod said. "We are releasing felons on a regular basis." Penrod said the jails routinely exceed capacity, forcing early releases, typically for those who have three to 10 days left in their sentences. He said deputies . . .

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