New Cincinnati Sheriff Lets Journalists See Overcrowded Jail

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Overcrowding at the Cincinnati's Hamilton County Jail has meant tens of thousands of inmates are being released before they spend a day in jail or before their sentence is complete, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. From September 1987 to December of last year, 167,291 inmates walked out of jail before they should have. These numbers have long thrust the jail into the spotlight and raise this question: Does Hamilton County need a new jail?

Law officers and judges – tired of seeing criminals back out on the street before their work day is even over – say yes . . .

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