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More Than 1,500 Inmates Released from California Jails

February 11, 2010  | 

More than 1,500 inmates have been released from county jails around California in response to legislation designed to cut the state prison population, prompting an outcry from some law enforcement officials.

More than 300 inmates have been released in Orange County in the last few weeks and about 200 in Sacramento County, including a man who allegedly assaulted a woman hours after getting early release from jail.

A Sacramento County judge Wednesday ordered a temporary halt in that county's early releases, saying the legislation applies only to state prisons and not to county jails. The judge sided with the deputy sheriff's union, which filed suit against the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department to block the releases.

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