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Old 05-29-2006, 02:07 AM
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Default L.A. County: Terms Differ in Jail Releases

Terms Differ in Jail Releases

Experts worry Sheriff Baca's policy of having certain prisoners serve more time for the same crime may invite `equal protection' challenges.

By Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
May 29, 2006


Under its policy of selectively releasing criminals to ease jail overcrowding, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has routinely forced women, prostitutes arrested in Compton and certain gang members to serve more time than others convicted of identical crimes.

Prosecutors and legal experts fear the practice could be illegal and prompt lawsuits challenging its constitutionality.

"It could not be more upside down and backward," Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said.

The county lacks the resources to hold all the people being sent to jail, but at the same time Sheriff Lee Baca is under federal court order to avoid overcrowding in the nation's largest jail system.

Therefore, Baca says, he has no choice but to direct jailers to free dozens of inmates every day under a set of rules that governs which inmates get out early — many after serving less than 10% of their sentences — and which stay behind bars.

Under the policy, inmates arrested in certain crime-plagued regions are incarcerated 10 times longer than those arrested for the same crimes in other parts of the county, according to interviews and the department's two-page "Release Criteria."

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I heard that non-violent misdemeanor offenders do not serve their entire sentences. How does an inmate qualify for early release, do you know? Thank you.
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Default LA sheriff has uneven inmate release policy

LA sheriff has uneven inmate release policy

(05-29) 06:17 PDT Los Angeles (AP) -- Women, some prostitutes and certain gang members have been required to serve more time behind bars than others convicted of identical crimes, according to a report published Monday. The requirements are part of a Sheriff's Department policy of selectively releasing criminals early to ease jail overcrowding. Critics say the uneven treatment of some inmates could be unconstitutional. "It could not be more upside down and backward," Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley told the Los Angeles Times. Sheriff Lee Baca has defended the early release program as a "last resort" in response to severe budget cuts that began in 2002 and forced him to close jails and curtail hiring. Many inmates are freed after serving less than 10 percent of their sentences.......

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