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Resource ID: #13786
Subject: Prisons
Source: Los Angeles Times
Date: 1997-01-14



The Los Angeles Times reveals a sobering reality about Los Angeles County's swollen jail system: the public's safety, rather than being protected, has been placed at risk because of bad management and timid politicians. The series found that inmates sentenced to county time in Los Angeles do far less time than at any other major system in the nation; that the Sheriff's Department has routinely released thousands of hardened and habitual criminals back into society through a deeply flawed work-release program; that tensions inside the jails have reached a dangerous volatility; and that tens of millions of dollars are being squandered by the Sheriff's Department. (May 19 - Dec. 31, 1996)

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