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Federal Mandate to Reduce Calif. Prison Overcrowding Could Mean Early Release for Thousands in LA

Posted Nov 11, 2011 4:56 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An expected influx of 8,000 prisoners who previously would have been held in state facilities may force Los Angeles County to release thousands of inmates awaiting trial as early as next month.

The state prison system is required by federal court order to reduce overcrowding, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles officials are fine-tuning a risk-assessment program to try to determine which inmates are least likely to post a risk on the street. In addition to prisoners awaiting trial, it is also expected that some convicted inmates will get out early.

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