State Money Troubles Lead to Release of Prisoners

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In California, criminals who violate the conditions of parole are often sent back to prison to serve the rest of their sentences. But now some are getting a second early release.  Today's Los Angeles Times reports that 89 parole violators have been let out of state prisons in the last two months, because county sheriffs are refusing to hold more serious criminals until there's room for them in state prisons.  We hear more about the situation from LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and Seth Unger, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Credits

Guests:
Lee Baca - Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Seth Unger - Spokesman, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal